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In the accompanying letter,1 Nicholl et al are critical of the decision by Archives of Disease in Childhood editors to publish a review by Sprigg,2 which mentions the term ‘temporary brittle bone disease (TBBD)’, and of the subsequent publication of the letter by Paterson,3 a proponent of the term. This requires an editorial response.
First, regarding Nicholl's comments on the papers from the early 1990s which first proposed the term, it is not the place of ADC to pass judgement on decisions made by other journals. Nicholl makes a number of criticisms of these papers and points out the …