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JAMA Revisited
June 14, 2016

Satire: Corporations Sans Humor

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Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.

JAMA. 2016;315(22):2474. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17089

Originally Published June 13, 1966 | JAMA. 1966;19611:282.

These are lonely days for the individual who may bask in material bounty yet be isolated in a sterile, humorless environment. I am convinced that big corporations have no sense of humor, or have a stringent, punitive regulation against its appearance in any employee. I never give up hope that somewhere someone will reply in kind to a joshing epistle of mine.

There was the time when I wrote to a manufacturer of pumps about procuring some small parts for an obsolete water raiser and was kicked from one branch office unto another (letter to Dayton branch referred me to Buffalo subdivision; Buffalo wrote I should contact the Dayton bunch). To the fellow who signed the last letter I wrote a little note (since we both were in corporations) suggesting that he sneak down to the storeroom during his lunch hour, pick up these parts, and send them to me at triple the usual price. No response.