In his presidential address before the Colorado State Medical Society,1 Dr. H. G. Wetherell discusses the so-called open hospital and certain abuses connected therewith. He points out that "throughout the west the hospitals are open to all reputable practitioners of medicine, and any of them may send a patient to a hospital and undertake any surgical operation he chooses, regardless of his lack of skill or experience in performing such operation." That the privilege of the open hospital is subjected to great abuse and that surgery is practiced both in and out of hospitals by incompetent and inexperienced men are, of course, matters of common knowledge among physicians. Dr. Wetherell's frank discussion of the situation is additional evidence of the existence of a feeling that the time has come when steps must be taken toward regulation and reform.
In view of the fact that under our present conditions any
THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PRACTICE OF SURGERY IN HOSPITALS. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(18):1492–1493. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520180068007
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