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July 16, 1973

James Joyce and Medicine

JAMA. 1973;225(3):314. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220300069028

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To the Editor.—  I can appreciate Dr. Lyons' irritation with my paper. Joyceans are a devoted and militant group. As a former Joycean myself, I am well aware of the apostolic fervor that possesses some of Joyce's admirers and the defensive anger triggered by "attacks" on him or his work. Surprisingly, however, his closest friends and admirers—Stuart Gilbert and Harriet Weaver, for example—were able to look at him more objectively and pass critical judgments on his works. Harriet Weaver, a major source of financial support for him, had serious reservations about Finnegans Wake, too. I doubt that either of us is a snapper "after the heels of genius."Lyons makes several points that should be answered directly. The "errors" cited are really differences in definition or point of view—which works should be listed in a selective bibliography designed to suggest further readings to a general audience, which piece of writing