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April 1989


Author Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry University of Iowa College of Medicine 500 Newton Rd Iowa City, IA 52242

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1989;46(4):381. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1989.01810040087015

In Reply.—  Dr Swartz is right. We recognize the talmudic nature of the interaction over diagnosis. I think we can say with little fear of contradiction that when research demands this kind of behavior, we will not be discovering how to split the atom or find the gene.We are glad that Dr Swartz let us off so easily and did not question our scholarship. We did make a mistake. It is really for, not 'cause the Bible tells us so. For this error we are sorry and take full responsibility.Our article did not deal with such issues as the usefulness of separating depression in schizophrenia from schizoaffective disorder, depressed type; rather, we were concerned about the simple question of literacy on the part of researchers and the ability to reproduce diagnoses. In fact, the distinction between schizophrenia with secondary depression and schizoaffective disorder may be of considerable significance. The

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