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August 23, 1985

Bubble Boy

JAMA. 1985;254(8):1036-1037. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360080046024

To the Editor.—  In response to Drummond Rennie's1 long, defensive editorial recently published in JAMA concerning the "Bubble Boy," it is interesting that Dr Rennie requires multiple paragraphs and multiple words to defend an action that he regards as totally and completely moral, ethical, and not really needing defense. This should speak for itself.I find it quite disturbing that a physician should attack the office of the clergy. The clergy are well motivated and desire to help those of us in medical practice. It is, in fact, the responsibility of the clergy to examine all the acts of "the rest of us." The reason for this is that they tend to have a somewhat more objective view of what we are doing and, second, a broader background in the relationship of the natural and supernatural, which most of us, as physicians, do not have.Therefore, I was pleased