Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: The letters by Drs Jay and Glatt
were sent to President Bush and Senator Kerry for response, but to date no
reply has been received. However, the points raised by these letters deserve
First, I am surprised by Dr Jay’s certainty that “neither
Senator Kerry nor President Bush actually wrote the articles or had even cursory
involvement in the review process. . . . ” I would
appreciate access to the bipartisan sources of information that stimulated
this certainty, especially regarding the “cursory involvement in the
review process.” I differ with Dr Jay on that point and agree much more
with Dr Glatt’s opinion that “ghostwriters, silent authors, or
unnamed coauthors” may have been involved, but I believe the candidates
approved the content.
DeAngelis CD. Presidential Candidates’ Commentaries—Reply. JAMA. 2005;293(12):1449-1450. doi:10.1001/jama.293.12.1449-c