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January 28, 1974

Psychosurgery

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Editor JAMA MEDICAL NEWS

JAMA. 1974;227(4):439. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230170054020

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  JAMA MEDICAL NEWS does not exist to promote or defend the views of any individual, as suggested by Peter R. Breggin, MD, in his recent letter on psychosurgery (226:1121). The section's purpose is to present articles of current interest to physicians, and the articles to which he refers (225:913 and 225:1035) were intended to outline the kind of work done in psychosurgery, together with its political and social implications.Dr. Breggin claims that false statements were attributed to him in the articles. However, he has been quoted by other media as making substantially similar statements, and it is hard to believe there is a national conspiracy to misquote him. He was not, as he claims, the only critic of psychosurgery mentioned in the articles. The articles also state clearly (225:916) that the condition of Thomas R. and other psychosurgery patients has been described in conflicting terms by

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