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NURSE ANESTHETISTS

Watson W. Eldridge, M.D.
JAMA. 1960;173(7):840. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020250096021.
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To the Editor:—  I desire to express my approval of the letter by Holzer in The Journal, April 9, page 1678, on the subject of nurse anesthetists. I agree that it is doubtful that it would be desirable to have all anesthetics administered by physicians. It probably would not be safer and would certainly be more expensive for the patient or the hospital or both.Until my retirement four years ago, I was the director of the medical and surgical department of a large public hospital (7,500 beds), a position I held for 36 years. The surgical staff consisted of visiting surgeons and one or two full-time general surgeons. For the last 10 years of my tenure, the surgical staff was largely from the staff and faculty of a university school of medicine and hospital. During all of those years anesthesia was a serious problem, until about 1945, when the

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