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July 23/30, 2003

Use of Growth Hormone in Elderly Individuals

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(4):462-463. doi:10.1001/jama.290.4.462-a

In Reply: Dr Mendlowicz and colleagues point out the need to understand the complexity of issues contributing to neonaticide, including the entire spectrum of cases from young single mothers to older mothers who may be married with other children. They suggest that the mothers who had other children in our sample may represent the mabiki type of neonaticide. Unfortunately, the retrospective nature of our study means that we could not interview the mothers or ascertain their socioeconomic status. Thus, it impossible for us to assess the mabiki hypothesis or indeed any other factor that may have contributed to the motives.