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May 23, 1990

Miffed by Medical Musings

JAMA. 1990;263(20):2750. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03440200052019

To the Editor.—  I am surprised that JAMA would print the antiscience diatribe found at the end of the January 5 At Large column.1 As a scientist, I have grown accustomed to vitriolic attacks from the misinformed and uninformed. But from an educated man such as Dr King, I find phrases such as "society will curse scientists" and "science will self-destruct" and ideas such as that science has caused overpopulation and pollution shortsighted at best.Dr King is certainly entitled to his own opinions and may muse on the future at his leisure, but a line is crossed when antiscience preaching is printed and is thus granted legitimacy in the eyes of your readers.