Midei's perks weren't the norm

December 13, 2010

I read with interest your front page article "Midei's attorney calls doctor's ties to industry commonplace" (Dec. 11). In discussing how Dr. Mark Midei "allowed Abbott Laboratories to throw parties at his Monkton home and accepted thousands of dollars in consulting fees," his attorney, Stephen L. Snyder, concluded: "it was business as usual for the medical profession. … All of these events were legal; they are done uniformly by all practitioners."

Ridiculous! I've practiced medicine for over 40 years, and I must have gotten in the wrong line. The most that I've ever gotten from medical device or pharmaceutical companies was a free lunch or dinner at a seminar, a box of candy or some pens.

Dr. Leon Reinstein, Baltimore

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