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March 18, 1961

The Physician and the Surgery Patient

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Maimonides Hospital 4802 Tenth Ave. Brooklyn 19, N. Y.

JAMA. 1961;175(11):1020-1021. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040110084026

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To the Editor:—  I congratulate Dr. Rardin, The Journal, Nov. 5, p. 1254, on the intimate and inspiring rapport that he has developed with his patients, but I must take violent exception to his relegation of the surgeon's role to that of a pair of hands. Any conscientious surgeon who has been trained to treat the total patient, and who has been imbued with the feeling that a surgeon who is too busy to talk to his patient and the family is too busy to practice surgery, must cry out in protest. If a family physician has to be responsible for the preoperative and postoperative care, to assure "that the patient comes to the operating room with an empty stomach," and to see that the "anesthesiologist has had a chance to gather and test all the equipment" it is high time for him to seek a more trustworthy team.The

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