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July 16, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(3):138. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450030040016

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Muncie, Ind., June 23, 1898.

To the Editor:  —In Vol. xxx, No. 24, page 1401 of the Journal, under "Original" appears an article by Gilbert I. Cullen of Cincinnati, Ohio, which has the appearance of being original, and no doubt the writer wishes to convey that idea among the readers of the Journal, as no credit is given any one for the thoughts or language used.It is the boldest piece of plagiarism I have noticed for years. It is apparently taken in its entirety from the "Encyclopedia Britannica." The Werner Edition, 1895, contains every thought and nearly every sentence exactly as it appears in Cullen's article. The only difference is, that the encyclopedia contains a little more.A man who will copy from an encyclopedia and publish the article in a scientific journal of medicine and surgery as an original article, should be exposed, and dishonor heaped upon his

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