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Letters to the Editor
May 2002

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Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Neurol. 2002;59(5):874-875. doi:

I appreciate the readership's interest in the "Seminal Citations" series and the other "History of Neurology" articles that the ARCHIVES has published. Dr Lanska is quite accurate in describing the guidance that I have given authors for this section. I have stressed their returning to original documents and giving modern readers actual quotations from the works of celebrated early neuroscientists. In the interest of length, I have discouraged exhaustive referencing and citations of modern, and usually easier to find, texts. The danger of this policy, however, is that authors may not credit all of the sources they use in the manuscript preparation, and unknowing readers may be deprived of references to excellent modern scholarship. In light of Dr Lanska's suggestion, I will ask future authors in the series to retain their focus on the original source materials but, where appropriate, include references to modern scholarly analyses.

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