David A. Grimes, MD; Mitchell D. Creinin, MD
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Grimes D., Creinin M.; Late Sequelae of Induced Abortion. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141:161-162. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-141-2-200407200-00020
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(2):161-162.
We agree with Dr. Hoeldtke that systematic reviews of the literature are superior to narrative reviews. However, our article was invited as a primer for internists, not as a systematic or narrative review. Hence, our citation of the literature was by nature incomplete.
Dr. Hoeldtke makes a common error in logic regarding potential late sequelae of abortion: post hoc ergo propter hoc reasoning (after the fact, therefore on account of the fact). That one event (for example, suicide) follows another event does not imply a causal link between the two. In a notable example of this erroneous reasoning, Dr. Reardon, the lead author of the fifth reference in Dr. Hoeldtke's letter, has argued in print that penile amputation with a kitchen knife is a late consequence of abortion (1).
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