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Editor's Correspondence
October 28, 2002

A View From the Dark Side

Arch Intern Med. 2002;162(19):2254. doi:

I wanted to respond to the commentary by Alpert and colleagues1 in the March 25, 2002, issue of the ARCHIVES.

About a year ago I was a practicing internist/geriatrician at a major academic medical center in New York City. I changed careers and am now a medical director in the pharmaceutical industry. The decision to move to industry was a difficult one, but one that I am very happy I ultimately made. Unfortunately, to some of my former coworkers in academia, I have become a pariah.

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