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November 7, 1896

Give Full Names of Authors.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(19):1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430970041012

Philadelphia, Oct. 30, 1896.

To the Editor:  —Having been engaged lately in a literary work involving considerable consultation of papers and verifying of references I have realized, as any one must under the circumstances, the extra labor necessitated by a practice which has always been more or less general with authors, of mentioning only the surname of writers and investigators referred to. Any one who has had experience can not fail to have been struck with the large number of persons of the same surname who are contributors to medical literature, so that a reference to Dr. Sydenham's or Dr. Jones's views and Dr. Ranklin's papers gives a very imperfect idea of the individuality of the author. Take for example the name Hoffmann. The student will find in the Surgeon-General's Catalogue this surname more than one hundred times, and of these Hoffmanns quite a number are authors of voluminous and

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