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January 18, 2006

Medical Student Exposure to Drug Company Interactions—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(3):281-282. doi:10.1001/jama.295.3.281-b

In Reply: As Dr Eisman implies, I doubt students will stop accepting gifts or denying that gifts will influence them unless physician role models change their own behaviors, and I doubt that focusing on students alone will solve the problems to which he refers. In light of the increasing closeness of the medical profession with industry, including the use of business tactics (eg, self-advertising and profit-seeking) by many physicians and medical centers, I can understand why Eisman, other physicians, and much of the general public might link their images of the professional and business aspects of medicine.

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