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March 23, 1970

The Private Patient and Surgical Training

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md

JAMA. 1970;211(12):2016. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170120060018

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Abstract

To the Editor.—  With a beautiful example of circumlocution and a careful selection of words, Dr. Chase, in his letter, is trying to convince others that resident training is primarily in the interest of the patient (210:2283, 1969).Ancillary services which Chase mentions should be done by ancillary personnel, and this is well understood by the patient, but the primary surgery should be done by the surgeon with whom the patient has contracted. Any other arrangement without patient consent is illegal and would not stand up in any court of the nation. I have yet to walk into an operating room in which there was any doubt as to who was the primary operating surgeon.

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