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January 31, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(5):376. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720310066028

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To the Editor:  —Under this heading an editorial (The Journal, Dec. 27, 1930) contains the following: "The relation of the psyche to the development of the Graves syndrome is shown in the rarity of this disease in children, in whom the adjustable, reasoning and emotive powers are not fully developed." This idea presents more than one logical fallacy. The rarity in children does not necessarily show anything as to the relation of the psyche to that disorder. It might be due to any one of a hundred factors, biologic in the case of the children, histopathologic in the case of the condition. Why jump at the conclusion that it must be due to but one factor? And then this rarity is ascribed to lack of development of the "adjustable reasoning and emotive powers." One might ask just what the "adjustable" powers are. Be that as it may, just that lack

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