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To the Editor.—
With regard to the editorial "Acronyms and Initialisms" by James Ransom, PhD (1981; 246:1941), I agree with most of what he says, but was it not Kant, rather than Sartre, who first enunciated the principle that "Each of us should make decisions about conduct as if our every act were irretrievably binding on mankind"? My Jesuit mentors at the University of Santa Clara called that Kant's "categorical imperative."
Rorick NR. Kant, Sartre, and the Categorical Imperative. JAMA. 1982;247(11):1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320360018016