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August 12, 1992

The AMA and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine-Reply

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1992;268(6):789. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490060124041

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In Reply.  —The term "officially censured" refers to a resolution adopted by the AMA House of Delegates in June 1990 and noted in Dr Barnard's letter. Contrary to Barnard's statement, this resolution was debated fully in a Reference Committee hearing at which Barnard was present and at which he was given several opportunities to present his views in full. The Reference Committee heard overwhelming support for passage of this resolution and consequently recommended that it be included on the consent calendar for approval by the AMA House of Delegates. This procedure is traditionally reserved for those resolutions that the Reference Committee believes have strong and obvious support. The House of Delegates had ample opportunity to remove this item of business from the consent calendar for specific discussion on the floor of the House of Delegates but chose instead to move for passage. The resolution was passed without dissenting vote and