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STANDARDIZATION OF BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES

Fredrick F. Yonkman, M.D.
JAMA. 1944;124(8):527. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850080055023.
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To the Editor:—  You have frequently been the recipient of many excellent suggestions intended for general improvement of the medical and allied professions. Recently the recommendation to advocate universal adoption of the metric system in lieu of the apothecary system was given prominence and justifiably so. Can you listen to another?All too frequently authors of proposed publications in the medical sciences are confronted with varying whims and idiosyncrasies of editorial board members in relation not only to structure, content and style of presentation but in particular to one feature of a manuscript which should by all measures of practicability and convenience be uniform, namely the bibliographic notations. Your organization has made a real contribution in the direction of standardization in this situation, but spasmodic or rhythmic reference must apparently be indulged in until our editorial boards eventually see the "wisdom of (your) ways" and follow suit.If one chooses

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