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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.—The Editorial1 "The Business and Professionalism of Medicine" should be required reading in many quarters. I only wish I could have put things as well.

If organized medicine makes its decisions and sets its policies by first determining what is right to the best of its considerable ability, the best interests of physicians will be served in all respects. The results may not be immediate, but the public outcry when the Sunbeam deal was revealed indicates that the American Medical Association's image has improved in the last 20 years, and its views are more trusted and respected because of much hard work by many devoted colleagues.

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