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June 1988

Dabblers in Head and Neck Oncology-Reply

Author Affiliations

Chief Editor

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(6):680. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860180093041

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In Reply.—Your final paragraph makes an interesting, pointed reference to editorial responsibility. You imply that we should not publish material that could be used against a physician by an attorney.

I understand the perspective from which you are addressing this issue, as I am a practicing surgeon as well as an editor. You may not have considered the ramifications of your comments, in the event that someone should take them seriously. Dr Loré's remarks are clearly identified as his opinions and nothing more. They deserve our thoughtful consideration, even if they seem unpalatable and offensive to you. By the same token, your remarks should be shared with our readers, because they are expressed clearly and because your opinion is also important.

It is not irresponsible to permit the open expression of honest opinion. It would be irresponsible to censor or to reject an opinion on the basis of its

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