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Conrad M. Swartz, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1989;46(4):381. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1989.01810040087014.
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To the Editor.—  Until I saw " 'Cause the Bible Tells Me So,"1 I had overlooked the venerable nature of the current condition of psychiatric nosology. Perhaps it was the title of this piece that brought to mind its analogy to ancient religious tradition.In early postbiblical times, learned rabbinical scholars were famous for conducting heated discussions on the meanings of tiny passages in the Talmud. Besides religious purposes concerning the order of things and the correctness of particular behavior, these discussions were a kind of social interaction, and the rabbis remained friendly and respectful of each other. The rabbinical-type discussions reported from Iowa do not seem


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