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November 22, 1965


JAMA. 1965;194(8):937. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090210101048

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To the Editor:—  In regard to your editorial "Pseudo-pseudo—" (193: 1118, 1965), I am afraid that you have been guilty of confusing degree with kind. If a pseudo-redhaired cow has one to five white hairs, then a pseudo-pseudo-redhaired cow should have one to five other-than-red hairs which appear white but are not ie, gray hairs, or even red hairs splashed with whitewash. A cow with more than five white hairs might be termed a grand-pseudo-red-haired cow.Furthermore, the criteria for your groups are not mutually exclusive. The poor cow with five white hairs (which are probably gray from worry) can't figure out to which group she belongs. I am surprised that you should make such an error.As a pseudo-reactionary physician, I join you in toasting, "More power to pseudo—!" But let us not confuse degree with kind.(Laboratory alcohol with just a dash of citric acid for me please!)

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