DAVID H. SPODICK, M.D., D.SC.
To the editor: Fotion and Conrad (1) have made some worthwhile points about authors who have not sat down to actually write multiauthored papers. They propose a method of distinguishing writers from coworkers. (They also write that credit for authorship is a "holistic" concept, using a trendy, vogue word requiring further explanation.) It is true, as Fotion and Conrad state, that authorship is not synonomous with authorship listings. But their contention that this does "much harm" in the academic community seems farfetched. There is usually one author, perhaps two, to write the first draft of a paper. It is equally
SPODICK DH. Authorship and Credits for Other Contributions. Ann Intern Med. ;100:915. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-6-915_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(6):915.
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