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August 4, 1888

Tympanitis and Tympanites.

JAMA. 1888;XI(5):178. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400570034009

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Dear Sir:  —Your late reference to the frequent use of the word tympanitis for tympanites, suggested a few reflections on the subject of careless expressions by medical writers. It seems to me, however, that you have been unfortunate in the one example which you have selected for animadversion. Whenever I have seen one of the spellings in question, where the other ought to have been used, I have regarded it as a typographical error which had escaped the proof-reader. But suppose, for example, the misspelling to have been in the copy, should not the compositor have corrected it? If, however, he failed to do so, was it not the duty of your proof-reader to preserve The Journal from such a blemish? Some pretty well educated doctors are careless writers. Is it customary for the better journals to reproduce all their accidental faults?If 'twere possible always to regard the error

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