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September 10, 1960


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331 Stevick Dr. Atherton, Calif.

JAMA. 1960;174(2):202. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03030020090035

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To the Editor:—  In his letter in The Journal, June 18, page 840, approving the letter by Holzer regarding nurse anesthetists, Dr. Eldridge only compounds the errors of the latter by adding at least four more of his own. He states that physician anesthesiologists would be more expensive for the hospital when he actually means they would be less profitable for the hospital, since the drug costs would be the same but the patient would pay the hospital for services rather than the physician.Dr. Eldridge also states that anesthesia was a problem until 1945, when nurse anesthetists were first employed. I can agree with him on that score, since apparently up to that time anesthesia was administered by whatever surgeon happened to be around and not by anesthesiologists. In addition, he states in his first paragraph that anesthesia induced by anesthesiologists would not be safer than that induced by

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