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  1. A Rubin
  1. Department of Cytology, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Watford Green Hospital, Vicarage Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD1 8HB, UK; alan.rubin{at}whht.nhs.uk

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    I read the Historical Perspectives contribution “Molten gold was poured down his throat until his bowels burst”1 with mounting horror and incredulity. Although the subject matter was unusual and the animal model dubious, I was most puzzled by the nature of the references. The second and fourth references are to web pages. Investigation of these pages shows that both are postings taken from books at least one of which is in print in English translation in several editions.2,3 The third reference appears to be a duplicate of the fourth and mistakenly attributes an anthology of literature to the individual who put together the web page rather than the compiler of the anthology. Although it may be convenient for readers to be able to find references on the Internet, web addresses can be very ephemeral and a true historical perspective should require quotation of the title and author of the original published work.

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