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December 15, 1888


JAMA. 1888;XI(24):848-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400750020004

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In another department of this week's issue of The Journal will be found a letter on this subject from Dr. J. S. Dorsey Cullen, Dean of the Faculty of the Medical College of Virginia. The first paragraph of the letter is of such nature that we would be fully justified in refusing to publish it. The English language is broad and flexible enough to permit one to be severe and critical without being offensive, or violating its rules of orthography and syntax.

As every one must know, individuality is dropped in editorial writing. It is a well-settled principle that the editor of a journal is responsible for unsigned articles. While the editor may not write all that appears in his editorial pages, whatever appears therein has his full consent. An editor cannot allow personal prejudices to direct or influence articles for which he is responsible. Dr. Cullen's position of claiming

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