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August 18, 1962

Thalidomide and Related Compounds-Reply

JAMA. 1962;181(7):654. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050330084025

Dear Dr. Yonkman:—  Thank you very much for your courteous letter concerning my recent article in The Journal. I purposely said "as the story was told" because I had neither proof nor denial of the story. I shall be glad to correct my statement in subsequent reports.Yes, I am convinced that glutethimide has been widely used and not found to cause phocomelia though 2 or 3 physicians* emphasized to me that in certain cases a history of glutethimide, not Contergan, was obtained. These cases, however, were not checked by prescriptions.

A telephone conversation with Dr. Taussig revealed that the reference to physicians concerns only European physicians. No American physicians have reported any findings in the category.—Ed.