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In Reply.—I'd like to make a little statement about the letter by Baker and Baker.
Since the authors studied the problem of making telephone calls to the referring physician, I stand corrected. Obviously, referring physicians want to be called after a consultation has been obtained and find it no intrusion. Perhaps I was thinking about the good old times when we had a mail system that functioned well and when we had physicians who immediately dictated letters to the referring physician. Since there is such a long delay in getting information to the referring physician, a telephone call is obviously the answer.
STICKLER GB. Pediatricians Want to Be Called-Reply. Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(2):139. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150260017008