The president's column in the August 15 issue interested me immensely. Dr.
Nada Stotland wrote that the meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in
London was modest and that "using the meeting facilities of the
inexpensive venue of the Imperial College has enabled the college to
experiment with a meeting without pharmaceutical support...." She also
wrote, "The meeting briefcases carried only the seal of the
In the late 1950s, President Eisenhower warned against the
military-industrial complex. Now, the nation must be warned against the
medical-pharmaceutical complex. It is ominous. Organized medicine and APA must
find a way to fund their needs through money raised by a foundation at either
the national or district branch level and not through revenues of
advertisements by drug companies. Also, physicians ought to buy their own
lunches and their own pens and scratch pads. And they should not get their"
medical education" from drug representatives but from rigorous
engagement in continuing medical education. We must cleanse the holy temple of
medicine from these corrupt practices. Maybe Dr. Stotland will start us off on
this much needed pilgrimage.