Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: Dr Heim and colleagues1 studied the physiological effects of childhood
abuse among adult women. However, in investigating the effects of childhood
physical and sexual abuse, it is difficult to find corroborative evidence
for the presence of the independent variable. One way of addressing this problem
is, of course, simply to ask the subjects whether they remember ever having
had such experiences.
Sjöberg RL. Long-term Neuroendocrine Effects of Childhood Maltreatment. JAMA. 2000;284(18):2321. doi:10.1001/jama.284.18.2317