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Published 11/1/2007

Reader bemoans ‘double standard’

I read the article by Dr. Canale (“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!) in the October issue of AAOS Now. I agree it can be a problem with various companies offering some things for orthopaedic surgeons to attend their meetings, use their products, and other things.

I look at the definitions that Dr. Canale has, and I agree that black is black and white is white. But I consider it to be absolute hypocrisy on the part of Congress, which accepts money from anyone who will give them money and [will] listen to them and, if there is enough money, will then alter their opinions and their votes, [yet] expects physicians to be pearly white.

The whole business model that I see—in everything that has anything to do with business—is exactly what they are telling us that we can’t do. They know how damaging acceptance of these gifts and monies can be. They don’t want to change their business [dealings] or their attitudes or their money reception, but they want us to.

I was raised at a time when it was unethical for physicians to own stock in the pharmaceutical companies that made the drugs that they were prescribing for patients. Consequently, I never bought any stock in any company that produces any product that I use. Likewise, when I did research for companies, I did not own any stock in those companies, irrespective of the fact that other people that I worked with did. It is a double standard.

It is all a double standard.

Robert H. Horne, MD
Sandy, Utah

Tear it out!
I received my AAOS Now October edition yesterday. I began going through it in my office this morning before starting to see patients.

As I was quickly going through it, I found that I needed to rip out 8 different pages of various articles, because I wanted to review them in more depth this evening. The message is that this is an extremely interesting, timely, and well-done newspaper.

I compliment you on this publication.

Paul A. Caviale, MD
Modesto, Calif.

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