To the Editor: A recurrent problem undoubtedly long known to you is tke release of information about pediatrie research by investigators to the lay press prior to, or without any dissemination of, adequate information in the professional literature. The pediatricians, all too frequently, must provide guidance and advice to parents who have read articles or stories in newspapers or magazines without being able to speak from their own reading or from information derived by personal contact or attendance at meetings and postgraduate courses.
The recent proliferation of free throw-away periodicals has compounded the problem. The results of studies are being released through these media before reports in medical periodicals.
A recent case in point was an issue which contained a 3-page spread on preliminary findings of the National Institutes of Health collaborative study on perinatal mortality. All sorts of statements were made here in positive and unequivocal fashion. Neither the