Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: The article by Mr Gostin and
colleagues1 makes 2 elegant points concerning
the ADA. First, the ADA is the only civil rights law in which even the definition
of who is covered is a legal and linguistic mire. Second, under the ADA, the
concept of direct threat cannot be a "best guess,"
but must be based on science—whenever it exists. However, I believe
the authors give the wrong impression about the basic intent of the law when
they write: "an individual must be unable to work in a range of jobs in order
to meet the ADA's definition of disability."
Scott M. Protection Under the Americans With Disabilities Act. JAMA. 1999;282(12):1131-1132. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-12-jbk0922