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To the Editor.—
Instead of cowering like scared curs (229:661, 1974), why don't all of us have the guts to put up "Off Limits" signs on the doors of record and protocol rooms, administrators' and nursing offices, and the offices of the chiefs of surgery and medicine? If the Joint Accreditation Committee wants to "earn its keep," let one of their competent vascular surgeons check ours. Let my peer check with me to ascertain why I haven't ordered $5,000 worth of tests on my dying patient, before he "gigs" me. Let him perhaps "gig" a confrère for ordering $5,000 worth of tests on an old stroke of his, before calling him a very thorough physician. Let them get off their backs and stop checking the elevators and fire escapes (our most competent fire chief does a great job at that) and let them check the patients. Let them see whether
Seidenstein HR. Joint Accreditation. JAMA. 1974;230(8):1127. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240080017013