I have been a subscriber of RDH for its entire 15 years. Over the years, I have observed changes, including a decline in the writing ability of authors, printing and spelling errors, typos, etc. Last month (August 1995 issue) I almost wrote a letter criticizing the proofreading by RDH staff. In one classified ad I counted seven errors in one 4-line ad!
This month (September 1995) I am compelled to write. On page 19, Dr. John Wilde is credited as the author of "Binging Your Practice Into Focus." In Trisha O`Hehir`s column on the use of interdental sticks, we are told to instruct the patient to "rest the hand against the cheek or shin..."
If RDH wasn`t a professional publication, such errors would be comical. Does this sloppiness have anything to do with the change of publishers? I urge the new staff to pay closer attention to the quality of their proofreading.
Donna Ginsterblum, RDH
EDITOR`S NOTE: The magazine issues most affected by PennWell`s acquisition of RDH last summer were the August and September issues. The owner of a magazine, however, usually does very little proofreading. We regret the errors. If the October, November, and December issues were just as disappointing, please rap my knuckles with a ruler. My high school English teacher would want you to do it.