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May 19, 1999

The Firing of Dr Lundberg

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1789. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-19-jbk0519

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.

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