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November 12, 2003

Psychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug CompaniesPsychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug Companies

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

JAMA. 2003;290(18):2404-2405. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2404-a

To the Editor: Mr Dana and Dr Loewenstein1 confused the difference between medical problems and conflicts of interest. Physicians who see patients on a daily basis face ethical concerns at every turn and we acknowledge them as part of the decision-making process.

Physicians have been receiving these minor gifts for decades and our delivery of care continues to be ethical and superior. The gifts provide a little fun, but unfortunately the continued political attacks against our integrity and profession, such as those found in this article, will surely stop that while the real problem remains unsolved. It is physicians' very honesty and ethics that allow us to accept these attacks.

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