To the Editor.—
In the November Archives, there is an article by Rogers et al1 describing a patient with junctional epidermolysis bullosa. This same patient is described in another article in the American Journal of Diseases of Children for October 1983.2 Both articles contain apparent duplication of data and clearly point out the problems involved in a duplicate publication.There certainly may be occasions when aspects, which differ markedly in a particular case, may be published in two different journals. On such an occasion, it is necessary for the author to make sure that the readers know the case will be published elsewhere. When this is not done, those searching the medical literature can easily think that the articles concern separate cases and this creates problems and misinterpretations when such data are used in registration for review articles. In instances of apparent double publication of data I believe
Goldsmith LA. Duplicate Publications (?). Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(8):991–992. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650440021003
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