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August 1976

Medicine—Big Business?

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Phoenix, Ariz

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(8):1422. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040290026

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To the Editor.  —It seems that once $1,000 was paid for tuition, nothing has been quite the same.Thumbing the pages of any ophthalmic journal reveals that multiples of $100 for the numerous one-, two-, or three-day courses are quite commonplace.Inflation can perhaps account for a multitude of sins, but I question the real need for these rather large tuition fees.Simple mathematics involved in counting the physicians attending these meetings leaves one with the impression that we may be dealing in big business, if not big medicine.May I suggest that as physicians and scientists we are to consider it a privilege and a responsibility to spread our knowledge and to communicate our findings among our colleagues.

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