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April 8, 1899

For Whose Benefit Do You Write?

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(14):777. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450410041022

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Oran, Mo., March 23, 1899.

To the Editor:  —I received a booklet last week containing "Six reprints on important topics, from recent issues of medical journals." Glancing over this booklet, I noticed that each of these six eminent men had something special to say of a certain compound, and I asked myself: Were these articles written for my benefit? Did these authors have the good of the profession in mind when they penned these lines, or were they writing for the benefit of the proprietor of this special compound? I see so much of this kind of literature that I am almost forced to the conclusion that there is a "nigger in the wood pile," and whether this colored "gent" can be ousted or not, is a debatable question.If writers would adopt the course of writers of twenty years ago, this gentleman would soon have no hiding-place. We realize

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