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March 25, 1974


Author Affiliations

Kellogg, Idaho

JAMA. 1974;227(12):1380. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230250012004

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To the Editor.—  Although Dr. Roland and Ms. Cox's editorial is correct in asking for objective language in medical writing, they may have missed the point.In going beyond Kolansky and Moore's introduction (216:486, 1971) and pursuing the subject of marihuana toxicity further (222:35,1972), I am impressed with the objectivity of their findings. Having documented the effects of marihuana and its withdrawal in many cases, they are entitled to conclude that the present use of marihuana is alarming."Bias" in a title or expression of concern is justified only if supported by a large body of objective evidence in the article. Kolansky and Moore appear to have supported their conclusions very well. Perhaps it is time to be concerned.