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February 10, 1962

Mirage of Health

Author Affiliations

522 W. Pine, Deming, N.M.

JAMA. 1962;179(6):470. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050060080021

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To the Editor:—  This is a letter of protest about your printing in The Journal (177:907 [Sept. 30] 1961) an "endorsed quotation" entitled "Non-Hereditary Protective Reactions." The portion of the article with which I disagree most violently, both as to its context and also to its impressions on the reader if quoted in the newspapers, as so much of The Journal is, reads as follows: "In a not too-distant past children were expendable. Many more were produced than were needed to keep the species going, a situation which still prevails in most of the world. As a result of effective birth control and of changed ethics, however, it is now desired that all children survive."The intent of the author, I hope, was not what I have interpreted this to mean. The possible impressions which might be derived from this quotation are, however, legion. I will not burden you