The editor of this Journal recently received a polite letter in faultless type-writing as follows:
Philadelphia, March 12, 1894.
My Dear Doctor:
—I see by the program of the Section on Surgery of the American Medical Association that you are to read a paper on,—. I hope you will let us publish this in "The—." We will gladly furnish you reprints free of cost and if you send us the MS. in time will have it set up in galley proof so that you can read from this at the meeting.Very sincerely at your service,In response to which we have the honor to reply that the By-Laws of the Association forbid the publication in the Transactions of articles previously printed elsewhere.Papers read at the meetings of the Association become the exclusive property of the Section, and if previously printed elsewhere can not be printed in the Journal