Dear Dr. Accardo:

Thank you for submitting your “Reader Reaction” to articles by Danforth (2000) and Gelb (2000) published in the August 2000 issue of Mental Retardation. Before I made an editorial decision on your manuscript, I wanted to consult with two scholars who are knowledgeable about history and philosophy. Their evaluations were consistent with my own reaction, which is summarized herein. In addition, although my decision regarding your reader reaction is my own, I also asked Danforth and Gelb for their assessments of whether they could respond to your reaction should I accept it for publication. After consulting with them, I concluded that it would be difficult for them to reply to your reaction.

Your reader reaction creates a dilemma for me. On the one hand, I welcome responses to articles published in the Journal, and have accepted for publication commentaries representing different...

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