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September 1965


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Chairman American Medical Association Committee on Nursing Upper Darby, Pa

Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(3):326. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010328026

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To the Editor: My attention has been called to the editorial "The Nursing Shortage" by G. E. Shambaugh, Jr., MD, (Arch Otolaryng81:223 [March] 1965).

This editorial contained some factual errors and presented a very biased viewpoint of the subject. The editorial was based upon articles on the general subject of nursing shortage written by Thomas Hale, MD. These articles start out with an unfounded assumption and lead to illogical conclusions. Dr. Hale's articles have been discussed in detail, and the fallacies contained in them have been adequately refuted by economists and other persons who are well informed on the subject of nursing education.

In the editorial the statement is made, "If nurse educators had been content to concentrate upon efforts to make the graduates of hospital-sponsored schools really better nurses, the nursing shortage of the past 20 years would never have arisen." There is actually no basis for

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