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May 13, 1998

The Pill—25 Years Ago and Today

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;279(18):1443-1444. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-18-jac80006

To the Editor.—Dr Levinson's1 review of the 25th anniversary edition of my book, The Doctors' Case Against the Pill, pans my science, my style, and even my spelling.

Levinson directs an endoscopy center at Stanford University that works with corporate partners through a consortium promoting cooperation between academia and industry. This consortium, "Spectrum," is supported by at least 2 pharmaceutical manufacturers of contraceptive hormones, Syntex and Wyeth Ayerst.2JAMA's financial disclosure policy requires that conflicts of interest be disclosed as part of an article, but Levinson noted no conflict of interest—stocks, consultancies, honoraria, and the like—that might have influenced his treatment of my book.

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