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December 5, 2001

Politics and Medicare—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(21):2670-2671. doi:10.1001/jama.286.21.2665

In Reply: Theodore Marmor has a strong group of supporters who have risen eloquently to his defense, and indeed to that of the field of political science. First, Marmor needs no defense. His original book on Medicare is indeed a classic. The book I reviewed was the second edition. The review was requested because the book offers relevant new material. I read it in the context of what is happening and tried to put it into that context for practitioners. Although I did not mean to disparage the field of political science, I did want to point out the limitations of the book.

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