To the Editor:—
We read the publication by Kihara et al.1
with great interest. On close examination of the text, we noted numerous similarities between their publication and a manuscript that we previously published.2
In fact, substantive parts of the Abstract, Methods, Results and Discussion were identical to those in our publication. We would like to offer Kihara et al.
an opportunity to explain the nature of the apparent plagiarism of our manuscript.
Jerrold Lerman, M.D., F.R.C.P.C., F.A.N.Z.C.A.,*
Mark W. Crawford, M.B.B.S., F.R.C.P.C.
* Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, New York. firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Kihara S, Yaguchi Y, Inomata S, Watanabe S, Brimacombe JR, Taguchi N, Komatsuzaki T: Influence of nitrous oxide on minimum alveolar concentration of sevoflurane for laryngeal mask insertion in children. Anesthesiology 2003; 99:1055–8
2. Swan HD, Crawford MW, Pua HL, Stephens D, Lerman J: Additive contribution of nitrous oxide to sevoflurane minimum alveolar concentration for tracheal intubation in children. Anesthesiology 1999; 91:667–71
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