To the Editor

We appreciate the opportunity to respond to the letter from the members of the FOPE II Committee. We would like to clarify that the FOPE II commentary was written by members of the Council of Sections Management Committee as representing the opinion of the numerous medical and surgical subspecialty sections of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The concerns we expressed related to the summary of the FOPE II report, not the full report. We formulated our concern and wrote the commentary before the full report was available to us and to the pediatric community. The summary was published first with no indication that other reports were in preparation. Also, it is the only form of the FOPE II report that most pediatricians, generalist or specialist, will likely read. Thus our concern was that the summary demonstrated what we considered a lack of balance, a pessimistic tone...

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