Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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
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.
Tarshis GA. Psychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug CompaniesPsychological Aspects of Gifts From Drug Companies. JAMA. 2003;290(18):2404-2405. doi:10.1001/jama.290.18.2404-a