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August 1992

The Pediatrician's Role in Treating Gay Patients

Author Affiliations

Hamblen Pediatric Associates, Inc Hamblen Medical Bldg 405 McFarland St Morristown, TN 37814

Am J Dis Child. 1992;146(8):901. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1992.02160200023010

Sir.—I am writing in regard to the reply by Fikar and Koslap-Petraco to the letter by Jones published in the January 1992 issue of AJDC.1 In their reply, they stated that the issues facing current concern and importance for children's health are different from those of antiquity. I respectively disagree! While human customs and language have changed with time, human nature and behavior have not. While it is true that our knowledge and understanding of the pathogenesis of disease processes is much more advanced than that of ancient societies, this "enlightenment" is of no value if we do not refrain from life-styles that promote the spread of disease.

The fact that we have had a "Renaissance, a Reformation, an Industrial Revolution, an American Revolution, a Civil War, two world wars, a Civil Rights Movement, a Women's Rights Movement, and a Gay Rights Movement" since the Bible was written

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