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April 28, 1989

Attention Disorder in Children: Is the Literature Purged? Was It Ever Tainted?-Reply

Author Affiliations

Baltimore County Department of Health Eastern Community Mental Health Center Baltimore, Md

Baltimore County Department of Health Eastern Community Mental Health Center Baltimore, Md

JAMA. 1989;261(16):2331. doi:10.1001/jama.1989.03420160054021
Abstract

In Reply.—  The concern expressed by Dr Knoll that certain aspects of the scientific literature need to be cleansed after fraud has much merit. In fact, the process already has begun. In a 1988 book, Aman and Singh1 reference nine editorials, letters, or reviews that appeared in the 1986 to 1987 scientific literature that focused on the fraud perpetrated by Dr Breuning and its consequences. However, Dr Knoll's attention to the effects of the fraud on the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder stimulant treatment literature is misplaced. That field has not been tainted to any notable degree, in constrast to the 1979 to 1983 publications of Dr Breuning on neuroleptic treatment of mental retardation.2,3 This is because Dr Breuning did very little writing on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.4,5

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