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December 1979

Trauma Care Study

Author Affiliations

Santa Ana, Calif

Arch Surg. 1979;114(12):1441-1442. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1979.01370360095014

To the Editor.—Early in their careers, physicians are taught the responsibility of accuracy and validity. Abuse of a scientific forum is a serious matter, with wide-ranging implications for individual patient care and medicolegal issues. Drs West, Trunkey, and Lim in the Archives (114:455-460, 1979) described a method and offered conclusions relating to comparisons of the quality of emergency medical care between two geographical areas. The report almost totally avoids the qualifications necessary for a valid scientific presentation. The Society of Neurologic Surgeons of Orange County, Calif, has determined that none of the authors of this report is either a neurosurgeon or a neuropathologist, or has ever consulted with members of either specialty. The authors are thus unqualified to assess care of patients with injuries to the CNS. Furthermore, a committee of the Society of Neurological Surgeons of Orange County has reviewed the available CNS-injury material of their report and

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