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The Pediatric Forum
May 2007

Growth Attenuation: Unjustifiable Non-therapy—Reply

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(5):520-522. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.5.521

In reply

Dr Bersani strongly objects to the proactive measures we have taken to attenuate the growth of our profoundly developmentally disabled patient, which we believe has improved the quality of her life and that of her family. Although Dr Bersani endorses “policies and actions that help families to rear their children at home,” he views growth attenuation as “a totally unacceptable option.” In so far as we understand them, his objections seem to be the following: