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Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2000, Volume 2, Number 12.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

A spoof on the Twelve Days of Christmas addresses the topic of gifts of industry.

  • On the first day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the second day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me 2 ballpoint pens and a partridge in a pear tree. 
  • On the third day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the forth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the fifth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me a 5-lb. ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the sixth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb. ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the seventh day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb. ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the eight day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb. ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the ninth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me 9 holes of golf, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb. ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the tenth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me 10 movie tickets, 9 holes of golf, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb. ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the eleventh day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me 11oz. of caviar, 10 movie tickets, 9 holes of golf, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb. ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  • On the twelfth day of Christmas, my drug rep gave to me 12 long-stemmed roses, 11oz. of caviar, 10 movie tickets, 9 holes of golf, 8 gift certificates, a 7-course meal, 6 baseball tickets, a 5-lb. ham, a 4-volume textbook, 3 handy penlights, 2 ballpoint pens, and a partridge in a pear tree.
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