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October 28, 1974


Author Affiliations

Providence, RI

JAMA. 1974;230(4):537. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240040015008

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To the Editor.—  In reference to the letters by Bruce A. Ames (228:828, 1974) and others that followed (229:391, 1974), I would like to relate an aphorism that Dr. Philip Bauwens, perhaps one of the world's greatest electromyographer-teachers once gave me over a cocktail at a World Congress:To understand the instrument—two hours.To reliably use it on a live patient— two days.To reliably report the display—two months.To reliably report the meaning (well enough to stand up in court)— two years.To exploit the full potential of the instrument, anatomy, physiology, differential diagnosis, and all—two decades is not enough.