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Time for Introspection*

Basil Varkey, MD, FCCP
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*From the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

Correspondence to: Basil Varkey, MD, FCCP, Professor of Medicine, VA Medical Center/CC 111E, Milwaukee, WI 53295



Chest. 2001;119(4):1255-1256. doi:10.1378/chest.119.4.1255
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In 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 companies?

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