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December 1, 1978

Abuse of Spouses-Reply

Author Affiliations

The Pennsylvania State University Hershey

JAMA. 1978;240(23):2539. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03290230031009

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It was not the intention of the authors to promulgate the idea that there is a correlation between justification for abuse and infidelity. It is unfortunate that this unclear language was not detected by us. In his letter to the British Journal of Psychiatry, Allan Alani in what I hope was a facetious manner implied that his faithful husbands did not deserve battering, but the battered wives he knew had been unfaithful. I agree with Ms Forney's comments that no such correlation is ethical or justifiable.