---is heating up. It’s rather odd that Dr. Daniel Carlat, just yesterday, bemoaned the fact that “We’ve descended to the level of name-calling now” when he was doing some name-calling weeks ago (see this post and its references to dinosaurs and cornered animals).
What’s Dr. Carlat worked up about? He’s taking aim at the Center for Medicine in the public Interest (which he calls a reactionary unthink tank) for their upcoming seminar “Industry Support for Continuing Education of Healthcare Professionals: An evidence-Based Evaluation.” And what, pray tell, is wrong with making an appeal to evidence in this debate? It’s about time somebody did. All the agitators have to offer are personal attacks (did you know that if you favor industry supported CME you’re a dinosaur?) and ad hominem arguments about people’s commercial affiliations (true to form, for the symposium in question Dr. Carlat provides the usual litany). OK, Dr. Carlat, they’re biased. Just like you and me. We get that. But I’m concerned that you’re shedding more heat than light on this debate. Why not attack the arguments instead of the people?
Well, today Drugwonks, the CMPI blog, responded in kind. Go and read the whole exchange. It’s rich. This will be great fun to watch for a while, but eventually I’d like to see a sober evaluation of the question based on evidence along with a little respect for the law of unintended consequences.