Well this was a good week for getting things published; well sort of. In the autumn I was asked to write a piece about Pernicious Anaemia and B12 Deficiency for Podiatry Review which is the Journal of the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. I was asked to write the piece following a presentation I gave to one of the branches of the institute. I’m getting used to writing these articles and I was a week early for the deadline which was February 1st. Anyway, on Friday I was saying goodbye to a member of the PA Society who had come to the office to discuss her options following her doctor’s refusal to even consider that her problems were due to a lack of B12 (readings of the serum test above the threshold even though she has all of the symptoms and her sister has been diagnosed as having PA – the usual stuff) and as I was walking out of the office with her the telephone rang. So I said goodbye and went back to the office to take the call. It was a very embarrassed member of the editorial team of Podiatry Review.
“We’ve just received the first copies of this month’s edition” she said, “and your excellent article is in there but” and here she hesitated, “I’m afraid that somehow, and we can’t think how, but we haven’t got your name on it. You’re mentioned in the editorial and the explanatory piece at the end but somehow we’ve not got your name on it”.
I think she expected me to react furiously but I didn’t and just said that these things sometimes happen. And anyway, having no author cited adds a little bit of mystery to the whole piece don’t you think? Anyway my copy of the journal arrived yesterday and the four-page article was there in all its glory – but without my name on it. The Editor has promised to apologise in the next issue.
And then there was the second publication. This is in the form of a letter to a highly respected Gastroenterology journal. It was written by the Professor who I interviewed in my latest book. He had analysed the data from the survey about tests at diagnosis and written the letter suggesting that endoscopies should be performed more frequently than they are when patients are diagnosed with Pernicious Anaemia in order to identify anything sinister early on – patients with PA have an increased risk of developing stomach cancer (see the interview in the book for more information). The Prof. sent it to me asking for clarification of one or two points and then I sent it back with my approval. It was then submitted to the Journal by midday and by 6pm it had been accepted for publication – the data was analysed, written up, submitted and accepted within 12 hours which is something of a record. It will be published in the next few weeks. All good stuff eh?