the midst of many intellectually and personally satisfying experiences
at the recent CHEST 2000, I found a couple of things that concerned me.
Here I write about them—name tag and satellite symposia—with no
malice and with considerable affection to the American College of Chest
Physicians, an organization that I have belonged to for a long time.
The name tag, this time around, was designed as a neck ornament with no
clip or pin and it very prominently displayed commercial drug names. I
was both dismayed and disappointed at its implications for our
organization and for our profession. The provision of this tag in the
registration packet implies sanction of this type of advertising by the
organization. Are we to be walking billboards for pharmaceutical