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Letter to the Editor   |    
Dr. Gardner Replies
WILLIAM GARDNER, PH.D.
Am J Psychiatry 2000;157:1884-b-1884. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.157.11.1884-b
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To the Editor: The statement in our article is wrong. The relevant statute (Virginia Code ยง37.1-67.3) says that someone who is "substantially unable to care for himself" (as the sentence in our article, p. 1386, mentions) can be committed. The statute does not mention "risk of substantial deterioration." We regret the error and thank Dr. Levenson for bringing it to our attention.

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