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To the Editor.
—I do not know the type of playing cards used in Chicago or which edition of Alice in Wonderland Dr Caplan (Archives 1982;39:389-390) reads, but in the Bronx the suits are spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs, and Lewis Carroll referred to the "Queen of Hearts," not the "Queen of Chess."Fisher's Rule No. 6 is, "Describe quantitatively and precisely." Rule No. 7 is, "the details of the case are important; their analysis distinguishes the expert from the journey-man." Rule No. 18 should be, "To publish is to risk being shot at in the streets."Curiouser and curiouser! Like most things in life there is a little right and a little wrong, as both Dr Caplan's quote and Dr Scheinberg's rejoinder illustrate. The statement was made by the Red Queen (of chess) but appeared in Through the Looking Glass, not in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I do
Scheinberg L. The Red Queen. Arch Neurol. 1983;40(3):189. doi:10.1001/archneur.1983.04050030083021
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