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In Reply.—Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity to respond to the letter to the editor from Dr Cantekin concerning our study on antibiotic treatment of patients with secretory otitis media. In the middle of June, Dr Cantekin requested access to our raw data to reexamine our findings. He considered this to be an unusual request, and so did we. He also stated that any findings would be confidential and shared with us, and that we would have the final decision what to do with the findings.
We responded that we would not release the many thousands of data, but would be interested in reevaluating the data according to some specific questions of his choice if he would be interested. In the middle of October 1989 we received a letter, dated September 29, 1989, with a magnitude of questions, and expressing delight about our willingness to respond.