Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7048.47a (Published 06 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:47
  1. Paul M Fleiss,
  2. Frederick Hodges
  1. Assistant clinical professor of paediatrics 1824 North Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
  2. Medical historian PO Box 5815, Berkeley, CA 94705-0815, USA

    EDITOR,—Edgar J Schoen states his support of Wolbarst's uncontrolled, epidemiologically flawed study. Using the same pseudoscientific methods, Wolbarst declared: “It is generally accepted that irritation derived from a tight prepuce may be followed by nervous phenomena, among these being convulsions and outbreaks resembling epilepsy. It is therefore not at all improbable that in many infants who die in convulsions the real cause of death is a long or tight prepuce.”1 Does Schoen's uncritical admiration for the scientific methods of Wolbarst lead him to accept …

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