J. R. E.; E. J. H.
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In a letter to the Editor published in this issue (p. 1050) the writer has objected both to the "racial identification of patients chiefly of Afro-American heritage" in the ANNALS and to our non-capitalization of the word negro. Because we sympathize strongly with the need to abolish racial discrimination and to reduce racial tensions, we have given much thought to these problems in medical writing, and we wish to state our editorial position.
The first—and major—issue raised by Dr. Jenkins in this letter is whether ethnic descriptions ("racial tags") have any place in medical writing today. Is there any medical
E. JR, H. EJ. Ethnic Labels in Medical Writing. Ann Intern Med. 1969;70:1041–1043. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1041
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1041-1043.
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