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'Why Do Critics Love Those Repellent Movies?'

March 31, 1991

In Benson's impassioned defense of "Lambs" we are assured that characters such as Dr. Lecter "do exist." Oh really?

Lecter is, I suppose, just another psychiatrist with near-superhuman strength who happens to be a serial killer and a cannibal.

Perhaps Benson could provide us with a few biographical details about the real person whose life inspired the Dr. Lecter character: Where did he go to medical school? Did he enjoy his surgical clerkship, perhaps spending some elective time studying otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat)? Did his analytic training come to a premature end when he ate his psychoanalyst?

MARK FISHER, MD

Santa Monica

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