Posted by Jim on March 16, 2002
In Reply to: Found phrase - detail men posted by ESC on March 14, 2002
: DETAIL MEN - Pharmaceutical salesmen. Wall St. Journal headline, March 14, 2002: "More Than Ads, Drug Makers Rely on Sales Reps: Known as 'Detail Men,' They now Hawk Harder, Earlier; Allergy Drugs in January?"
: I've seen this phrase twice in the last couple of days (the other use was in the Ann Rule true-crime/Perils of Pauline book, "Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder") so I was compelled to post it. I'd never heard this before. I thought detail men had something to do with cars.
I worked as Biomedical Engineer for several years at a regional hospital during the seventies. Detail men is the correct term for drug salesmen. Detailers refer to many trades, car cleaning being one.