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January 26, 1990

Academic Sanction

Author Affiliations

Columbia University in the City of New York (NY)

Columbia University in the City of New York (NY)

JAMA. 1990;263(4):517. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440040056024

To the Editor.—  The article by Dr Crawsha`w1 leaves me with the slightly uncertain impression that he opposes any form of academic sanction. Certainly he opposes, as I do, any impediment to scientific exchange, which is by no means the same thing. I write on behalf of the Committee on Health in Southern Africa (CHISA), of which I am a founder.The issues are complex. The position of CHISA on this matter distinguishes between the substance of medicine and science on the one hand and the political positions and acts of physicians and scientists on the other. It is the latter with which CHISA is concerned. Further, although I can speak for neither the banished African National Congress nor the anti-apartheid National Medical and Dental Association in South Africa, I believe the current policies that both groups espouse are consonant with those of CHISA.Dr Crawshaw cites with