In Hugh D. Crone's article "Chemists Must Explain Their Work Better" (The Scientist, May 4, 1987, P. 24), he states that "chemists should strive much more vigorously to present their professional image to the public and to offer their services as sources of chemical information," a statement with which I heartily concur.

I take issue, however, with his statement "I cannot think of any chemical, biochemical or toxicological society that issues news releases on topics of current interest. If they do, the press must totally ignore them."

The American Chemical Society initiated its news service in 1919. It operates large news centers at its two national meetings annually and often opens smaller news centers at its numerous regional meetings. The ACS New Service annually receives from its clipping service more than 5,000 clips of articles identified from the inclusion of the Society's name. The News Service also offers other...

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