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Doctors learn from other M.D.s: Opposing view
USA Today

Change in medicine is relentless. New drugs and devices, new indications for old ones and newly recognized safety issues are hard for busy M.D.s to keep up with.

One way to manage all this innovation has been for medical product companies to pay physicians to speak to their colleagues about products, usually at evening events in restaurants. This is one of many industry-sponsored educational activities attacked by critics who want strict apartheid between M.D.s and medical products companies.