Occasionally one runs up across a title in the NEJM or JAMA that snaps your head back. “Wha?” you say. But it’s the rare individual that can keep pitching intriguing titles time after time and force not only your attention but your finger looking up their meaning.
But Joel Yager is one such. Just look at a string of pieces of his titles of articles in this journal:
“Suffering in Patients”
“When the victim bears responsibility for the trauma"
"Missing in plain sight?"
Disclosure: Joel is a friend and colleague for about 50 years and I suspect that one of the reasons he is so beloved by his students is this ability to label things with erudition and whimsy. Does it influence my judgment in choosing his manuscripts? I suppose an ittybitty part after the referees have spoken, but in fact, his witty titles are part and parcel of his intellectual package of writing.
Keep it up Joel, the best is yet to come.
John A. Talbott, MD