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Medicine and the Media

A. Jay Block, MD, Master FCCP
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Affiliations: Gainesville, FL
 ,  Dr. Block is Editor-in-Chief, CHEST, and Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of Florida.

Correspondence to: A. Jay Block, M, Master FCCP, Seagle Building, Suite 408, 408 West University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601



Chest. 2001;120(3):693-694. doi:10.1378/chest.120.3.693
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The hair on the back of my neck stands up and I get an acid stomach when I watch the new ads on television for pharmaceutical products. There are three phrases that make me crazy. The first is,“ Nothing is better than (insert drug).” What does this really mean? It could also mean that nothing is worse, but it usually means that all the drugs in this category are of the same potency, often even the same chemical compound. A bombastic statement of this kind influences public opinion and buying habits but really has little meaning.

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