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September 3, 2003

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(9):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.290.9.1149-a

To the Editor: Dr Relman1 has assembled a litany of unsupported and inaccurate assertions, much of which have been gathered from newspapers. I believe that education that changes behavior or confirms good behavior is a positive outcome. Relman expresses dismay that "CME does in fact change the prescribing behavior of the physicians who attend." He thus implies that institutional education the only permissible source of behavioral change.

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