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April 9, 1982

Role of the Anesthesiologist

JAMA. 1982;247(14):1938. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320390022023

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To the Editor.—  We empathize with T. Cameron MacCaughelty, MD, in his article "An Anesthesiologist's Plea" (1981;246:2692). However, we came to the conclusion years ago that we could not legislate respectability regardless of how hard we or our national organization tried. Regardless of the situation, we have found it the same.Even though we have suggested or have made interventions that have shown both our expertise and our interest in the individual patient's problems and care and have demonstrated by that intervention an improvement in care, we have found later only to be considered a "hand-maiden" to the other physicians involved with the patient.Yes, Dr MacCaughelty, we do have much to offer our patients and do look forward to improved rapport with our physician colleagues, but like you, we have not found the answer despite our continued presence in both the operating room and intensive care areas.