Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In their article about the psychological
effects of terrorist attacks in Israel, Dr Bleich and colleagues1 did
not develop a meaningful definition of "terrorism." Thus, they reduced a complex
situation to an ambiguous general term. The use of words such as "terror"
and "terrorist" is prejudicial to scientific inquiry. Such language serves
a political point of view, not the needs of medicine or public health.
Lipton R, Ghannam JH, Beinin J. Definitions of Terrorism—Reply. JAMA. 2003;290(17):2254. doi:10.1001/jama.290.17.2254-a