February 16, 1994

Gifts From Industry: Laundering Money or Supporting Education?

Author Affiliations

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester

JAMA. 1994;271(7):505. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510310035032

To the Editor.  —After reading the Resident Forum1 on how to take bribes the official way, I could not help but burst with pride at being a member of the medical profession. Initially, reading the first rule, my reaction was negative. How can one be proud of a profession that has a written policy that permits accepting trinkets but nothing of value? It takes thousands of dollars to bribe a congressman or a judge, we are supposed to settle for "pens, diaries, books, or rulers."However, when I reached rule two I realized all was not lost. We do not accept money directly but have guidelines that dictate we launder it by funneling it through a specifically designated individual.When we couple this policy with the intent to "educate house staff" as to how we do things, one can rest assured that the future is secure. Organized crime must

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