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July 23 2008

The Science of Quality Improvement

JAMA. 2008;300(4):390-392. doi:10.1001/jama.300.4.390-b

To the Editor: In his Commentary, Dr Berwick1 began by citing radical mastectomy for breast cancer as a historical example of “the hard-won victory of evidence over belief in medicine.” However, he then seemed to reverse course when discussing a contemporary medical issue regarding implementation of rapid response teams for inpatients with deteriorating conditions.