JOE D. HULL, M.D.
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To the editor: In the 6 months from 1 July 1971 through 1 January 1972 I saved each piece of unsolicited mail I received as a medical resident. The quantities for each of five categories are shown here:
Judging from the bulging mailboxes of my colleagues, I received an average amount of junk mail. There are 67 384 interns and residents in this country (1). Multiplying this figure by the weight of my mail by two gives a grand total of 8 456 692 pounds of junk advertising mail received per year by house officers. This figure does not include
HULL JD. Junk Mail and Mother Earth. Ann Intern Med. ;76:837. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-837_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):837.
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