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has been obtained for my name through criticisms in fHE LANCET of the 17th inst. May I at the same time suggest to you the " sweet reason. ableness " of inquiry into matters in which you are asked to lay down the law before condemning by name-unheard-the accused. Many of your contemporaries are given to this unfair and objectionable practice ; the absence of this necessary editorial precaution has, in the memory of many, brought about loss of money to the proprietors, and, whit is worse, loss of credit and repute to the papers. The facts are as follows :-As one of the Earl of Winchilspa’s miny admirers, I undertook a few weeks ago, without reward and without hope of reward, to answer questions in The Cable on hygiene and sanitation, it being considered that in this way I could, in a small degree at least, do something for a good cause. In my letter to the sub-editor I pointed out to him that only questions of general interest under the headings named were admis. sible ; certain notices of me were inserted in The Cable without my knowledge, and efrtainly not with my wish. The headings and rules were also, with the best intentions and in utter ignorance of professional etiquette (and, I may add, of morbid professional jealousy), inserted by him. So many queries-all, I believe, from poor personscame in that, at the wish of the sab-editor, a few were answered, until I could personally arrange the column as it is now and for some time has been, and, as far as I am concerned, shall remain, until my services cease to be of interest and use, or until I am con vinced that I am doing a thing which men of properly balanced minds consider to be wrong. At this time I was confined to bed through serious illness and unable to attend to work for nearly three weeks. On my return to town the rules and regulations were at once placed ona footing on which they have been for some weeks; my name was removed, and, as I thought, everything done to satisfy the demands of all reasonable persons. In THE LANCET of the 17th inst. my name is vilified, weeks after the removal of the so-called "professional etiquette" pretext-a fact which will prove to the lay mind, and I hope to the minds of many of my fellow workers, either the culpable negligence of our leading medical paper or-malice. I am, Sits, yours truly, E. AUGUSTUS HARBORD. Bedford-square, London, W.C., Feb. 19th, 1894.
*** We gladly insert Mr. HarborJ’s letter and accept his statement. We entirely disclaim any culpable negligence on our part, and we most ceitainiy were not influenced by "malice." The publication in The Cable of Mr. Ilarbord’s as he does, and we been discontinued.—ED. L.
and eminence we continue to dianot aware that the practice had ,