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When a glossy print is reproduced for publication, approximately one-quarter of the detail is lost in the process. And when it becomes necessary to reduce the size of the print in order to fit the pages of the Archives, there is still further loss of detail. A reproduction of an illustration, then, is at best rarely perfect, and, if for lack of care or experience, a photograph is in poor focus or if the edges of a photomicrograph are fuzzy, the result is a reproduction with but little value.
An author should therefore give as careful attention to his illustrations as he does to the text of his manuscript.
When the illustration is of a lesion on the face, it is better to mask or block out the eyes so that the subject will be less easily identifiable. In some institutions it is the practice to obtain permission in writing