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July 21, 1945


JAMA. 1945;128(12):899-900. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860290061022

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To the Editor:—  In an editorial (The Journal, April 28, p. 1129) appears a criticism of a report on marihuana by the New York City Mayor's Committee on Marihuana.The editorial states "Nevertheless, a book called 'Marihuana Problems' by the New York City Mayor's Committee on Marihuana submits an analysis by seventeen doctors of tests on 77 prisoners and, on this narrow and thoroughly unscientific foundation, draws sweeping and inadequate conclusions which minimize the harmfulness of marihuana."The report was not an analysis by seventeen doctors of 77 prisoners. The Mayor's committee did not even consist of seventeen doctors of medicine; and if the writer of the editorial had read the report carefully he would have noted that only sixteen different names are given as comprising the Mayor's committee and that two of these are not M.D.'s. Nor were there 77 prisoners studied. Of the 77 persons studied 5 were

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