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October 18, 1965

The Rape of the Phallus —A Sequel

JAMA. 1965;194(3):311. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090160087039

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First, may I thank through these columns the several hundred correspondents who have taken the time to put into writing their feelings about "The Rape of the Phallus." To the vast majority who supported me, my thanks; to the few who were abusive, scurrilous, and occasionally anonymous, my sympathy; to those three who saw fit to mention my meager effort and H. L. Mencken in the same breath, my intense gratitude; and to the Editor and his staff, the laurel crown for realizing that the function of the press, medical or otherwise, is to educate and not to propagandize. As for those who deplore the use of satire in a medical topic such as this, I recommend the writings of Aristophanes, Juvenal, Swift, Voltaire, and Baltimore's own H. L. Mencken. And to the several correspondents who queried my qualifications to express an opinion on this subject, may I remind them

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