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Managing conflicts of interest and commitment: academic medicine and the physician's progress

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  • i There is more to being a physician than being the delivery end of the government–industrial medical complex. This argument for the consideration of what constitutes the requisite and unique sources and justification of the moral authority of physicians will be discussed in further contributions to this journal, and is the subject of an editorial by the author, from which some of the material for this commentary is redacted.12

  • ii I am indebted to Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, for his permission to modify his presentation on this subject for this publication.

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