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February 4, 1974

Doubts About Anticoagulants

Author Affiliations

Health Service University of Nebraska Lincoln

JAMA. 1974;227(5):559. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230180057030

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To the Editor.—  I have been reading articles, letters, and comments on "Anticoagulants in Acute Myocardial Infarction" (225:724, 1973; 226:1010, 1973). Now Dr. McGee (Prism 1:43, 1973), in that excellent nostalgic article, comments on the original study. I interned at Cincinnati General in 1947-1948, one year after Dr. McGee, and also basked in the limelight of those famous teachers. We also were permitted to participate in the original anticoagulant study, and it is about that that I wish to write.In the hierarchy of "chiefs and Indians," someone has to do the actual work. At Cincinnati General, the interns were delegated most of the basic work requiring medical competence, and we were assisted by the medical students. In my recollection, everyone in the higher eschelons was a "chief" to a greater or lesser degree. Picture then, if you will, a telephone call in the night to the quarters of a