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February 6, 1967

Computerized Croupiers: The Las Vegas Lesson

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Winnimani, Canada

JAMA. 1967;199(6):433. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120060131033

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To the Editor:—  Will the diagnostic computer and the automatic electronic drug dispenser, interposing themselves between doctor and patient, upset the delicate doctor-patient relationship? Worse still, will they render the physician altogether obsolete?These and similar questions came to my mind, when at the clinical meeting in Las Vegas, I overheard croupiers bemoan the decimation in their ranks wrought by the recently introduced electronic blackjack devices. These veterans of the gaming tables made no secret of their fears, or of their unhappiness about the deteriorating croupier-player relationship. They felt that the machines took all the warmth out of the intimate dealer-sucker rapport.Should we not, perhaps, meet more often in Las Vegas to discuss our common problems with the worthier of the casinos?