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May 1961


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Physicians News Service, Inc. 130 E. 59th St., New York 22.

Am J Dis Child. 1961;101(5):638. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1961.04020060096012

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To the Editor: In congratulating your journal on an eminently valuable passage through its first 100 volumes, as noted in your January, 1961, issue, permit me a brief observation concerning your remarks about "off-the-cuff" medical journalism. As editor of the fine staff which originally created and developed Scope weekly and now directs its talents to the production of Medical Tribune, I believe our experience runs counter to some of your implications.

Medical reporting, as we have assisted in its evolution, is a delicate balance between the highly perfected skills of the journalist and the stringent standards of judgment and accuracy demanded by the medical profession. This is the blend we have created in merging the abilities of good reporters and writers with those of regular medical consultants.

Our severe checking procedures are aimed not only at insuring the accuracy of the final report but just as emphatically at assessing the

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