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January 23, 1909

Commercial Piracy of Scientific Work

Author Affiliations

Cleveland, Ohio. [Professor of Pharmacology and Materia Medica, Medical Department of Western Reserve University.]

New York. [Professor of Pharmacology, Cornell University Medical College.]

JAMA. 1909;LII(4):314. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02540300054016

To the Editor:  —Our attention has just been called to the unauthorized use of an abstract of our report on "Chloral, Isopral and Bromural,"1 as a "paid-reading notice" in the advertising pages of medical journals. In the interest of independent pharmacologic research, we take this occasion to register a protest against this common abuse. When an investigator publishes a report of his work, he makes his results common property, and thus voluntarily renounces his personal rights as to his results; but he does not thereby renounce his moral right to control the uses to which his report may be put. This right must be conceded, not only as a matter of justice to the man who has done the work and bears the responsibility, but also as an essential condition for independent scientific research. There can be no true liberty of research when the investigator must live under the