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November 8, 2000

Long-term Neuroendocrine Effects of Childhood Maltreatment

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;284(18):2321. doi:10.1001/jama.284.18.2317

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.

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