A parent's Desperate Solution - Was raising brain-damaged son too much for a mother to bear? - 1987-09-27
Also typical was the Institutes' response: a sharply worded, eight-page letter from Doman to the association's president that said, in part, "This letter will, by its nature, be a lengthy one. May we offer you a bit of well-intended advice? We recommend that you read it very carefully."
This is how it has gone for years between the Institutes and those offended by its methods and claims. When various professional associations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics criticized the Institutes in 1968, the result was a lawsuit. As Philadelphia Magazine prepared a story in 1982 that said some Institutes officials were involved in the Church of Scientology, the editors received "all kinds of pre-publication threats," says editor Ron Javers.
"What they do is harass and sue," says Dr. Edward Zigler, director of Yale University's Center for Child Development. "They have this whole history of litigation against anybody who calls them into question."