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April 29, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(17):1667-1671. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800170013005

This paper has been written to emphasize the need for undergraduate and graduate instruction in anesthesiology and to describe ways and means of its accomplishment.

Recent advances in medicine have widened the scope of anesthesiology to include problems which were only dreamed of twenty-five years ago. The insistence of patients on complete abolition of pain has made more prevalent the use of depressant drugs and the administration of such drugs in larger doses. There results a necessity for clinicians especially trained in the administration of pain-relieving drugs and the management of depressed states. For reasons too numerous to discuss fully here, the medical profession finds itself in the anomalous position of having an obvious lack of clinicians trained in anesthesiology and having scant provision for such training in our medical schools and hospitals.

OBJECTIONS  The following six arguments against clinical instruction are so frequently advanced as to warrant reference to