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January 26, 1990

Academic Sanction

JAMA. 1990;263(4):517. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440040056025

To the Editor.—  The article by Dr Crawshaw1 seems to lean away from academic sanction based on sociopolitical grounds.However, there may be a difference between countries that exercise repugnant behavior within their borders and countries that do so beyond their borders and contrary to accepted rules of international law. More specifically, Iran comes to mind in that the actions of this country and its citizens have gone well beyond the pale, starting with violation of the internationally accepted and practiced extraterritorial rights and privileges of embassies and embassy personnel worldwide when the American embassy and Americans were held hostage and terrorized. Dr Crawshaw's consideration of this matter would be appreciated by myself and perhaps by others among your readership.