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March 11, 1998

The Pendulum of Business and Professionalism in Medicine

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(10):748. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-10-jac80000

To the Editor.—While it must have been painful to have to write your Editorial1 on professionalism, it was courageous to republish your Editorial from January 5, 1990,2which emphasized the need to correct the growing expressions of greed by our profession. I do not believe that physician greed is anything new but have become convinced that greed, cynicism, and hypocrisy are growing among the leadership of organized medicine. How else to explain that the outrageous agreement with Sunbeam Products Inc was announced less than 2 months after the adoption of the American Medical Association's Vision by its Board of Trustees? The question in the minds of many of the members of the American Medical Association must surely be how many of the individuals who drafted and, subsequently, adopted this admirable Vision were party to the decision to endorse the Sunbeam agreement?

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