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To the Editor: The firing
of Dr Lundberg is not merely another tempest in the AMA's
teapot.1 Rather, it is a deeply
regrettable symptom of a
much more profound phenomenon that has reappeared with renewed
vehemence in our American and global society. In times of great
challenge and turbulent change, the tribal aspects of life that carry
our unreasoned convictions and moral certitude come to the fore in the
form of religion, patriotism, and other group allegiances.2
Firmly held beliefs and self-serving opinions that brook no criticism
are pitted first against each other and then against the skeptical
probing of science, whose tentative, unsettling notions have
paradoxically produced our robust technologies.
Lincoln TL. The Firing of Dr Lundberg. JAMA. 1999;281(19):1789. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-19-jbk0519
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