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July 1963


Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(1):117. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050119022

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To the Editor: I should like to congratulate the Journal and Dr. Walter R. Stahl for presenting the article "Similarity Studies in the Developing Human." (Amer J Dis Child 105:123, 1963). My reasons are twofold: first, that it provided an interesting and provocative discussion in an area which should appeal particularly to pediatricians, and second, that it included only a single instance of the use of the word "parameter," a word which I have come to associate with a sort of "one-upmanship" of scientific writing. When I was a student at M.I.T. we spoke of factors, variables, unknowns, observations, etc. These terms no longer seem to be good coin of the realm and it appears that, just as a staff member's chances of promotion are gauged by the weight of the articles he has published, so is the authoritativeness of the articles gauged by the number of times he includes

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