SIDNEY PERLMAN, M.D.
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To the editor: I question the merit of Dr. Holmes' patronizing comments not supported by any evidence save his own opinions and testimonials (Ann Intern Med 72:123-127, 1970). Since he is a psychiatrist attached to a reputable medical school, we have a right to a minimum of documentation, lest we unfairly accuse him of pandering to current tastes in passing off conventional wisdom as scientific fact.
The dilemma of the 18- to 21-year-old requesting birth control pills cannot be dismissed by accusing one party of the transactions of "aesthetic bias." The social pressure on these girls is often so intense
PERLMAN S. Complexities of Morality. Ann Intern Med. ;72:761–762. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-761_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):761-762.
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