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March 1986

Bruised Toes in Schizophrenia? An Exchange-Reply

Author Affiliations

Institute of Psychiatry De Crespigny Park SE5 8AF London, England Anne Farmer, MB, MRCPsych St George's Hospital/ Springfield Hospital London
Departments of Psychiatry and Genetics Washington University School of Medicine Box 8134 4940 Audubon Ave, St Louis, MO 63110
Institute of Psychiatry London

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1986;43(3):295-296. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1986.01800030113015

n Reply.—  Drs Abrams and Taylor have taken umbrage with our reply to their letter in the April 1985 issue of the Archives and we are glad of the opportunity to comment on the points they have made.1. Abrams and Taylor stated at the beginning of their 1983 article1 that they did recognize the difference between the terms "familial" and "genetic." However, readers must judge for themselves whether the authors have maintained the distinction satisfactorily in the body of the paper. We remain unconvinced.2. It is a simple matter of logic that inclusion criteria of the form A and B and C (Abrams and Taylor version 1) are radically different from criteria of the form A or B or C (version 2). We will not belabor this point, which must be self-evident. However, it is worth noting that in the Taylor and Abrams study, the increase in