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May 19, 1999

The Firing of Dr Lundberg

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(19):1789. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-19-jbk0519

To the Editor: Incredibly, after the travesties of the AMA's foray into the sale of its logo to Sunbeam, its bartering support for long-term abortion legislation for increased Medicare reimbursement, and its torpor in collaborating with the Health Care Financing Administration to implement the infamous Evaluation and Management Guidelines, comes the sacking of Dr Lundberg.1 Statements by Nancy Dickey, MD, president of the AMA, and Randolph Smoak, Jr, MD, chair of the AMA Board of Trustees, acknowledge that they approved and concurred in the public drawing and quartering of Lundberg by the current EVP of 7 months' tenure, who was not even an AMA member until 5 years ago.24 As the Board of Trustees circle the wagons around Dr Anderson, they continue to demonstrate their failure to understand their responsibility in the immolation of what I have publicly stated is the AMA's "jewel in the crown," the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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