, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 3-11
Date: 06 Oct 2006

Of porcupines and poodles—a joint challenge to industry and the profession

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The original title of the presentation was ‘Our relationship with industry—slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’. This was chosen not in recognition of the multiplicity of tapes and devices developing within our speciality (slings and arrows), nor of the pecuniary influences of the pharmaceutical industry (outrageous fortune). More particularly, it was chosen in recognition of the venue of the meeting, Copenhagen; this summary is punctuated with some relevant lessons from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark:

To be or not to be, that is the question: whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against the sea of troubles, and, by opposing, end them.

Hamlet, act 3, scene i

One might paraphrase as follows: do we need a relationship with industry or do we not? Do we accept the status quo, or do we seek to change what might be seen as difficult interaction? Should we move to modify our relationship with industry such ...

This paper is based on a state-of-the-art lecture given at the 30th annual meeting of the International Urogynecological Association in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 12 August 2005.