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June 14, 1965

The Effervescence of Nascent Phosphorescence

JAMA. 1965;192(11):1014. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080240084033

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To the Editor:—  Morris Fishbein's conviction that nouns can't be adjectives seems to linger around The Journal office still. If a phosphoric compound poisoned someone, would the poisoning be called "phosphoric" poisoning or "phosphorous" poisoning? What's the matter with just calling both of them "phosphorus" poisoning?

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