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August 12, 2009

Pümpfrage Redivivus

JAMA. 2009;302(6):626. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1103

To the Editor: The Commentary on the art of pimping by Dr Detsky1 reviewed the history of pimping as outlined in a previous article published in JAMA in 1989 by Brancati.2 One of us (S.L., a researcher and clinician, the Pimper), while reviewing this article with the other (B.S., a medical student working in the laboratory, the Pimpee), recalled the previous article and dug it out of old files. Breaking one of the cardinal rules of proper pimping, in which the pimper bones up on obscure historical facts so that he or she can pimp the student, we reviewed the yellowed pages of the previous article together. (As mentioned by Detsky, we now practice a kinder and gentler form of pimping.)

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