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March 3, 1945


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From the Section of Anesthesiology, Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1945;127(9):514-517. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860090020005

Many reasons may be presented to support the fact that the specialty of anesthesiology at the present time is an accepted and expanding field within medical practice. It is also true that many controversial aspects still exist within it. Well founded, scientific differences of opinion are healthy and thought stimulating. On the other hand, conceptions held through lack of information or experience usually prove detrimental to any movement. This is particularly true of anesthesiology, which, representing one of the more recent comprehensive branches of medicine, has not had sufficient time to fulfil more than a small portion of the possible opportunities for service. Consequently there are today more instances of inefficient application of anesthesia perhaps than of correct management. Therefore any measure which disseminates knowledge of proper anesthesiologic thought, particularly among those not actively engaged in the application of modern anesthesiology, would appear valuable to those concerned, including the profession

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