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August 6, 1960


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515 S. Cedar Fresno 2, Calif.

JAMA. 1960;173(14):1617. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020320097032

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To the Editor:—  I would like to protest an otherwise fine and pertinent editorial, "A Plea for the Unconceived," in The Journal April 16, page 1774. I believe I capture the mood of the editorial when the author states "Ironically, one group of scientists assures us of mass genetic death by radiation, another group are as insistent that we are so fertile that the planet will have standing room only." But I must part company with him when he goes on to say "Obviously, both cannot be correct." I am reminded of the issue of the New Yorker (Jan. 19, 1946) which was devoted to the Smyth Report. Most of it was pretty grim, but it had the New Yorker touch. In a box on the front page of the article appeared the following poem: "Man split the atom/ Blew him all to hell/ God rolled over in his sleep/

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