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May 1995


Author Affiliations

From the School of Public Health, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu (Ms Nekomoto). Dr Elpern is in private practice in Williamstown, Mass.

Arch Dermatol. 1995;131(5):530-532. doi:10.1001/archderm.1995.01690170032004

Each day, the US Postal Service delivers millions of pieces of unsolicited mail to our country's 500 000 physicians. This onslaught includes brochures for meetings in places both exotic and pedestrian, solicitations from financial institutions, newsletters, magazines, and elaborately packaged pharmaceutical promotions that may include such inducements as candy, flashlights, pens, and even golf tees! Our mailboxes groan under masses of unsolicited letters, periodicals, packets, brochures, booklets, and boxes.

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