Periconceptional Use of Multivitamins and the Prevalence of Neural-Tube Defects Letter

cited authors

  • Halsted, CH; Milunsky, A; Jick, H; Jick, SS; Willett, W; Mulinare, J; Cordero, JF; Erickson, JD; Berry, RJ; Mills, JL; Rhoads, GG; Hoffman, HT; Simpson, JL; Cunningham, GC; Lassman, MR

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  • To the Editor: Although the Journal's policy on the publication of negative results (Aug. 17 issue)1 is laudable, I cannot agree with Dr. Angell's assessment that the chosen example of a negative study2 was “carefully designed and analyzed.” At least three flaws in the study of Mills et al. on the periconceptional use of vitamins and neural-tube defects2 are serious enough to render its results and conclusions untenable. First, a reliable memory in each study subject is an essential requirement for a retrospective study. Yet, it is difficult to believe that a distraught and probably guilt-ridden mother of a… © 1990, Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • April 12, 1990

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  • 1082

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  • 1084


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