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March 1962

Tribute to Dr. Herbert Rattner by Former Members of the Editorial Board

Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(3):307-309. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590030005001

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I am glad to pay tribute to Herbert Rattner, the outgoing editor of the Archives of Dermatology, because of his productive term of office and because of the successful manner with which he guided the policies of the publication. Dr. Rattner became involved in the affairs of the Archives when he was associated with Dr. W. Allen Pusey, who was the first editor of the Archives, under A.M.A. sponsorship. From Dr. Pusey he learned that an editor was in a manner a referee and that his decisions about the merits of a submitted article must consider not only the subject matter, but also the writer. Dr. Pusey critically scrutinized the offerings of established dermatologists, but leniently surveyed a paper submitted by a new name. He believed in encouragement for new writers. Dr. Rattner pursued this policy and, although all papers were given most careful consideration, a fatherly interest was maintained

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