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Sins of the father

By far the most damning review of my book, Cracked, was Andrew Solomon’s (“Smug abut suffering,” August). He argued that by writing this book I now have “blood on my hands,” presumably because Cracked may dissuade people from submitting to treatments such as ECT or from taking antidepressants.

It turns out that Solomon’s father is CEO of Forest Laboratories, which manufactures one of the most popular antidepressants, citalopram. He should have stated the potential conflict of interest. Being upfront would not have undermined his review, but it would have told the reader something they ought to…

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