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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: I am distressed that you have
permitted Dr Collocott and colleagues1 to
state that the depth of "The source of pain in our participants . . . may
explain the lack of beneficial effect from the magnets used." This remark
indicates a presumption that a less deep source or a stronger magnet might
have resulted in a positive outcome. Nowhere in the article is there any indication
of the lack of factual basis for considering these possibilities.
Do we have so little faith in our basic understanding of the biology
of health and disease that we allow such ideas to be presented without comment
in one of the world's leading medical journals? By doing so, are we not abrogating
our responsibility to the public, to our patients, and to our medical students?
Fontanarosa PB, Jonas S. Are Magnets Effective for Pain Control? JAMA. 2000;284(5):564–566. doi:10.1001/jama.284.5.561
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