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May 25, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(8):652. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700210086015

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Whoever invites public discussion on a public question shouldn't be disappointed if he is answered equally forcibly in the opposite way, so long as there is no malice." This comment of Superior Court Judge Felix Forte is extended elsewhere in this issue (p 635) in a Special Communication which carries an unusual report of what one physician did. No one looks forward to a suit for libel. It takes one's time, costs money, and really is a nuisance. But such suits do happen. What should the physician do when he is asked to comment on a specific problem in the area of health, when there appears to be quackery or faddism involved?

Fredrick J. Stare, MD, professor of nutrition at Harvard and winner of the AMA's Goldberger Award in Clinical Nutrition in 1962, was asked to comment on a statement published by an organization called the Boston Nutrition Society. The

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