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June 1, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(9):732. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700220108037

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Parade of Erudition  The editor must confess his personal irritation at reviews which point out numerous minute errors in a book. Indicating that errors exist is one thing. Indicating in fine detail every misquoted reference, every misspelling, every wrong date is an appalling practice. We have seen some reviews, two-thirds of which have been taken up with the enumeration of such minutiae. Without doubt, it is important to indicate lack of accuracy. That errors have crept into a text should, by all means, be called to the attention of author and publisher. The manner of so doing depends on the nature of the errors. When they are venial, perhaps the most gracious way is to send such information in a private communication to author or publisher. This is the essence of good will and charity. If the volume as a whole is severely inaccurate, it should be blasted without mercy

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