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January 12, 1895

THE BOOK REVIEW BUSINESS.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(2):63. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430020027004

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Abstract

" As good almost kill a man as kill a good book; who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God's image; but he who destroys a good book kills reason itself."—Milton'sAreopagitica.

It is with genuine regret that we invite the attention of the American medical profession to an abuse which has arisen in the matter of reviewing books by some otherwise excellent medical journals. For some years we have been watching the review columns of certain of our contemporaries to see if they showed the secret influence of the publisher. Facts which have come to our ears in the past year or two prove the suspicion to be more or less well founded that in reviewing or in not reviewing the publications of rival houses, the publisher's financial interest is frequently more plainly manifest than the reviewer's scientific interest. In other words, the editor-reviewer instead of speaking solely

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