It was with great interest that I read and shared with our board of directors the article, "Pain group certified without exam" (Nov. 22, 1993, p. 66). It raised significant issues that have been a concern for a number of years to the American Pain Society and many other professional associations related to the field of pain management.
There is, however, one concern related to our group, which was referred to as a trade group. As a professional association, our primary purpose is to "serve people in pain by advancing research, education, treatment and professional practice," as our bylaws state. Our primary purpose is to serve people in pain, not to promote the trade. While that distinction may not be readily evident to others, it is very significant to us.
RICHARD G. MUIR
American Pain Society