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October 6, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(6):600. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970230072020

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To the Editor:—  I appreciate the fact that Dr. S. E. Bilik, for whose work I have profound respect and admiration, has taken the time to comment at length in a recent issue of The Journal (161:1502 [Aug. 11] 1956) on my article, "A Physician Looks at Athletics" (J. A. M. A.161:573 [June 16] 1956). I am in full accord with the basic principles that Dr. Bilik elucidated in his letter, but I am constrained to point out that he has misinterpreted my article to make it appear that my own opinions are contrary to these principles. I do not imply that there is "some sort of a tug of war between coaches... and physicians"; on the contrary, I am one of the many team physicians who enjoy an excellent and mutually profitable relationship with coaches. My position is that adequate health protection of athletic youngsters requires

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