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March 18, 1992

Fictive Ills: Literary Perspectives on Wounds and Disease-Reply

Author Affiliations

Yale University School of Medicine New Haven, Conn

JAMA. 1992;267(11):1470. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480110046031

In Reply.  —We are surprised that the critic of our review of Fictive Ills: Literary Perspectives on Wounds and Diseases claims that we "brazenly evince idiosyncratic opinions" when we criticize some of the authors of that book for interpreting severe mental illness based on late 19th- and early 20th-century concepts, instead of on modern scientific findings. We refer this critic to our forthcoming volume,1 which contains chapters by some of the foremost authorities in modern psychiatry and neuroscience. The authors who wrote chapters for this volume come from such renowned institutions as Stanford University, Yale University, the University of Pittsburgh, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the University of California at Los Angeles and at San Diego, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Our views merely reflect the extraordinary progress that has been made in neurobiology at these outstanding institutions.As for Spiegel's criticisms of one of our