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December 2, 1911

The Ethics of Proprietary "Literature"

JAMA. 1911;LVII(23):1855. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260120045022

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the Editor:  —Recently I received a booklet, "The Petroleum Idea," published by the Angier Chemical Company, and containing an article on "Caricature in Medicie," the illustrations and the reading-matter in which have in great part been stolen from my paper on "Caricature in Medicine," published last May in the Chicago Medical Recorder. No. credit is given either to myself or to the Chicago Medical Recorder, although I notice that in their little booklet the reading matter is copyrighted! This is certainly a cheap way of obtaining advertising matter.

[Comment.  —While the matter in the Angier pamphlet is not taken verbatim from Dr. Frank's article, it is very evident that that is its source. An occasional twist to the sentences and a slight transposition of the words have been made—possibly with the idea of making the piracy a little less evident.—Editor.]

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