publication date: May. 11, 2018

Trials & Tribulations The imaginary interview (with apologies to Molière, aka Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) Derek Raghavan1

By Derek Raghavan

President, Levine Cancer Institute, Carolinas HealthCare System


As I read the latest offering from the US Preventive Services Task Force, this time another encyclical on prostate screening, I felt a recurrence of the extreme irritation left over from the last time they wasted my (and their) time. Borrowing from Molière’s “The Imaginary Invalid”, I conceived an Imaginary Interview with an un-named representative of this band of bozo’s that seem to have few boundaries, a high level of comfort in wasting taxpayer dollars and editorial space, and who seem set on providing useless homilies that, at best, provide no value. This is couched as a Paul Goldberg-style low-key interview… and so the play begins:

Act I:

The Cancer Letter Interviewer (CL) enters, and greets USPSTF representative (PR)



“Good morning, I appreciate your time. I have a few questions.”


Great…happy to have another chance at wasting time.



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