To the Editor:
—Because errors are found in the Illustrated Medical Dictionary is no reason why the classical editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association should not be a purist. In the case of βρ[unk]μα this lapse is peculiarly regrettable by reason of the use of this work in compounds referring to bromin, although the a comes from the second part of the compound, such as bromacetic, bromal, bromamide, bromalin, bromate and bromargyrite, all common terms in medicine. Webster's new unabridged, it is true, gives the word "bromatoxism," but calls attention to the fact that it is irregular. It gives also the regular forms of the compounds from βρ[unk]μα (food), such as bromatography, bromatology and bromatologist. I beg to express the hope that in generous treatment of hybrid words our editor will not admit paesiatrics or pousphyllum.
—We were at first slightly nettled to have such monstrosities