I am surprised that New England Journal of Medicine subscribers have heard no more from Benish, Cryar, Lind-Ackerson, Benish, Popp, Hourani, Rutt, Junger, Goldstein, Fibs, Barbas, Rist, Sugar, Cryar and Mellinger. You may remember them as the authors of a famous letter to NEJM in which they announced a tie for the honor of writing the paper in that journal with the greatest number of authors in 1985 (NEJM, vol. 313, 1985, p. 331). The accolade went jointly to Lauristen, Rune, Bytzer, Kelbaek, Jensen, Rask-Madsen, Bentdsen, Linde, Hojlund, Andersen, Mollniann, Nissen, Ovesen, Schlichting, Tage-Jensen and Wulif (NEJM vol. 312, 1985, p. 958) and to Feorino, Jaffe, Palmer, Peterman, Francis, Kalyanamaran, Weinstein, Stoneburner, Alexander, Raevsky, Getchell, Warfield, Haverkos, Kilbourne, Nicholson and Curran (NEJM, vol. 312, 1985, p. 1293).

It was a splendid, magnanimous compliment from a modest 15-author team to two teams of 16 authors apiece. What...

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