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February 8, 1896

THE INFLUENCE OF PUBLISHERS UPON MEDICAL LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(6):283-284. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430580035006

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Abstract

Neither the lay or the professional public has any adequate understanding of the methods whereby, and of the extent to which, publishing houses are influencing opinion, and of all the motives at work. An illustration of the fact lately came to our notice, that throws quite a vivid light upon the ways of bookmakers. A certain lay dictionary of the English language having an extensive sale especially in some parts of the United States, throws the weight of its authority in favor of certain methods of spelling words. A rival publishing house proceeds to hire a a corps of "expert" philologists to re-edit its own rival dictionary, and instructs said philologists to spell all disputed words differently from the competing book, if for such difference of orthography there can be found any sort of a decent excuse. The smile that wreathed the face of the lexicographic editor as he told

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