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December 1, 1978

Abuse of Spouses

Author Affiliations

Rutgers Medical School New Brunswick, NJ

JAMA. 1978;240(23):2539. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290230031008

To the Editor.—  The BRIEF REPORT "Wife Abuse: The Diagnosis and Its Implications" (240:240,1978) by Petro and associates promulgated the unusual thesis that there is justification for corporal punishment ("most abused wives were unfaithful and deserved to be abused"). This proposition is not only contrary to current ethical concepts, but bears no relationship to the articles cited by the authors in support of their unique idea.1,2 As a new member of the American Medical Association, I am appalled to find such statements in this prestigious journal.