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April 23, 1910

The Dire Possibilities in Handwritten Copy

JAMA. 1910;LIV(17):1390. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.02550430042012

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To the Editor:  —One of your compositors—or is it the proofreader?—is a great artist. He made me shed tears. I laughed and cried when I read in The Journal, April 9, page 1220, Latin "incurables," thinking I had written incunabula; my ecstasy increased when on the same page, while I believed that Weir Mitchell was where he belongs, in a haven full of muses, he was reported to have flirted with a "harem full of nurses." Too bad! Please correct.Would you care to know that other compositors are as accomplished as yours? Here are some corrections they have invented for me. You may enjoy them. I once spoke of a hospital as a source of relief and salvation. They made it "starvation." I spoke of thyroid in different forms of cretinism. They made it "criticism." I quoted Cicero's dictum, according to which unless what we do is useful it

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