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June 30, 1975

Television Film: "Primates"

Author Affiliations

Director Yerkes Primate Research Center Emory University Atlanta

JAMA. 1975;232(13):1330. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03250130014007

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To the Editor.—  I have just read the editorial by Dr. Kingman, Executive Director of the National Society for Medical Research, on the television film, "Primates" (231:392, 1975).Dr. Kingman states, "Dr. Geoffrey Bourne... was scheduled to appear prior to the showing of the film in an attempt to place it in perspective, but withdrew." This statement is totally incorrect. When I previewed the film, I was very worried about certain segments and made a three-minute videotape introduction that I asked the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) to show prior to the showing of the film. This they refused to do. However, the Atlanta station, and later on, I believe, the St. Louis station, did show the introduction. What the PBS network offered instead was a discussion with Wiseman (the producer) to be presented after the film. I refused to appear on this discussion because the network obviously wanted to use