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May 25, 1984

Costs and Benefits of Cesarean Sections-Reply

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital Boston

JAMA. 1984;251(20):2658. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340440018009

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In Reply.—  Dr Nabors' kind words are appreciated. We were unable to assess either the cost of long-term care for infants that do not die or the decreased cost for those infants less traumatized because of a cesarean delivery. We therefore emphasized that our study was not meant to be a cost-benefit analysis but an opening shot in a discussion that needs to take place.