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Policy Perspectives
January 14, 1998

Business and Professionalism in Medicine at the American Medical Association

Author Affiliations

Dr Relman is Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr Lundberg is the Editor of JAMA.

JAMA. 1998;279(2):169-170. doi:10.1001/jama.279.2.169

On December 7, 1997, in Dallas, Tex, the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates convened for its regular Interim meeting in a highly charged environment. Many delegates were hot for revenge for the Sunbeam affair from which so many American physicians experienced continuing severe embarrassment* Five high-level AMA staff members had departed as a direct or indirect result of the August 12, 1997 announcement of the Sunbeam endorsement agreement. In an unprecedented action, the immediate past Editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and the current Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association sequentially addressed Reference Committee F before several hundred delegates, alternate delegates, and assorted others, initiating a 2¼-hour hearing on reports and resolutions relating to Sunbeam. Their remarks follow.

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