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October 18, 1947


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Mary Immaculate Hospital, Jamaica, N. Y.

JAMA. 1947;135(7):450. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890070052020

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To the Editor:—  In the face of recent statements in the press regarding unnecessary operations, it might be of interest to other hospitals, as well as to the members of the profession at large, to learn of what has come to be known at this hospital (Mary Immaculate Hospital) as the "minimal pathology committee."This is a standing committee, appointed within the past year by the medical board and composed of five members representing the general surgical service, including gynecology, the urologic service and the department of pathology.The purpose of this committee is to discourage the carrying out of operative procedures for which the indications are not sufficiently clear or the existing pathology adequate to justify them; in other words, to prevent unnecessary operations.The committee examines all surgical specimens in which a minimal pathologic state is thought to exist and in addition reviews the corresponding charts for data

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