Alfred Blalock, M.D.
JAMA. 1948;136(4):279. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890210063022.
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To the Editor:—  At the recent meeting of the Southern Surgical Association, which was held in Hollywood, Fla., Dec. 9, 10 and 11, 1947, the following resolution was passed unanimously by the Association:"Although the Southern Surgical Association has been and always will be extremely interested in the advancement of all medical sciences, and particularly in anesthesia because of complete dependence on safe anesthesia for the safe performance of a surgical procedure, it, the Southern Surgical Association, heartily disapproves of the publicity given by certain newspapers and popular lay magazines to the statements sponsored by a group of anesthesiologists who are seeking to discredit the well trained nurse anesthetist and to compel surgeons to operate only if anesthetics are administered by physician-anesthetists."This attempt to persuade the public that there is grave danger in a surgical operation if the anesthetist is not a certified medical specialist is already decreasing the


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