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May 11, 1901

A DISHONEST REFERENCE.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(19):1328. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470190040007

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Abstract

We recently printed, in the Current Medical Literature Department of The Journal, a brief abstract of a paper—from the pen of a Chicago physician— on medical advertising, that appeared in a leading eastern medical weekly. The abstract baldly reproduced some of the more striking opinions and some of the criticisms, made by the writer, of the advertising methods by which the spirit of the Code of Ethics is evaded and its provisions surreptitiously violated. We are somewhat shocked and surprised to find this abstract quoted verbatim as an expression of opinions in a "review of a current medical literature article" by "the highest ethical authority of the country," in an alleged quotation from the remarks of a disgruntled Leadville physician. The flagrant dishonesty of such use of a simple uncritical résumé of a published paper is self-evident; the supposition that it was honestly taken as the expression of opinion in

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