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May 26, 1999

Care of Prison Inmates by Impaired Disciplined Physicians

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 1999;281(20):1889-1891. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-20-jbk0526

To the Editor: As the chief medical officer of CMS, I have seen first-hand the dedication and clinical expertise of hundreds of physicians working in the nation's prisons and jails. Those physicians have chosen to work in corrections, providing appropriate and compassionate care to inmate-patients, a population with serious and challenging medical needs. Consequently, I was surprised and disappointed to see JAMA publish 2 articles by Mr Skolnick1,2 that promulgated a negative stereotype of these dedicated physicians who work in correctional health care.

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