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August 19, 1983

The Battle for Hospital Privileges-Reply

Author Affiliations

Office of the General Counsel American Medical Association Chicago

JAMA. 1983;250(7):899-900. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340070017015

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In Reply.—  The author's remarks reveal a fundamental misconception of the purpose of the LAW AND MEDICINE features published by The Journal. These articles are not intended to provide a forum for expression of personal viewpoints or opinions of their authors but rather "to keep [JAMA] readers abreast of what the courts are doing in matters that affect the lives and interests of physicians" (emphasis mine) (1982; 248:473). Accordingly, the "journalistic tone" of these features is, and should be, one of balanced objectivity, not critical advocacy on behalf of one viewpoint over another. Due allowance is made by the editors of JAMA for publication of statements of editorial opinion in a form and manner in which they may clearly be recognized as such.The author's observation that the interests of the individual physician often do not coincide with those of the hospital is hardly open to controversy. The LAW AND