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October 7, 1974

From the Editor's Desk

JAMA. 1974;230(1):39. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240010023021

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Abstract

Helen Kirk Lauve, "Miss Helen" of Galveston, Tex, reminds us that the Guttmacher brothers, Alan who died recently and Manfred who died in 1966, were twins whose fatal illnesses were the same—leukemia.

Henry T. Armistead, MS, who is from the Scott Memorial Library of the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, sends an interesting documented account of the toxic effect of DDT on birds. He points out, among other things, that DDT's half-life of ten years makes it dangerous to birds long after its use, disputing a remark of Thomas H. Jukes, PhD, DSc (229-571, 1974).

The article, "Female Athletics" (228-1266, 1974), probably referred correctly to female athletes. Martin J. Rosenfeld, MD, of Orange, Calif, thought the conclusions would have had more credibility had a female physician been among the six male authors. Drs. B. J. Vance and Wylie A. Slagel of Lexington, Ky, decry the generalizations in, and omissions from,

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