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Letter in the Washington Post on "Botox Night" at Johns Hopkins

Invited for Botox


This Letter to the Editor Peter Lurie, M.D., M.P.H., appeared in the August 13, 2002 edition of the Washington Post

Tuesday, August 13, 2002; Page A12

Patrick J. Byrne revises history in his Aug. 3 letter about the July 11 "Botox Night" at Johns Hopkins when he claims that "the organization of the seminar was never altered."

Dr. Byrne's announcement for the event stated, "Anyone interested in receiving Botox treatments may do so on the spot!" But Johns Hopkins Dean and CEO Edward Miller wrote to Dr. Byrne's department stating that "he is not authorized to offer on-the-spot treatment." Thus, no treatment was provided. As the on-the-spot treatment was the aspect of the event most likely to attract an audience, Dr. Byrne's claim is unsustainable.

PETER LURIE

Deputy Director
Public Citizen's Health Research Group
Washington

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