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September 18, 1972

Genetic Engineering

Author Affiliations

Battle Creek, Mich

JAMA. 1972;221(12):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200250048021

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To the Editor.—  After reading Dr. Ramsey's article and your EDITORIAL, I am compelled to express my dismay at the repressive attitudes expressed. Through the entire paper runs the underlying theme "This is the way medicine is; it has always been this way; it will always be this way." I can hear echoes of an older theme which repressed exploration of the world for centuries: "Of course the world is flat, everybody knows that." If it were not for men of vision who said "According to my theory, the world is really round, and I am going to risk my life to find out," we would still be living in Europe, debating what supports the columns holding up the world.The sexual union of the male and female is a reflex-driven act that occurs throughout the animal kingdom. It is only with the human element of love and the attempts