MICHAEL H. ALDERMAN, M.D., F.A.C.P.; KATSUHIKO YANO, M.D.
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To the editor: Dr. Griner (Ann Intern Med 77:501-506, 1972) is to be congratulated for calling attention to the need for critical examination of new therapeutic methods. Unfortunately, however, his evidence, although suggestive, does not fully sustain the conclusion that admission to the intensive care unit offered little benefit to the patient.
This conclusion was drawn from comparison of groups of patients hospitalized during different years and in different settings. The validity of such a comparison depends on the similarity of the patients involved, yet there is a striking reversal of the sex ratio among those admitted before and after
ALDERMAN MH, YANO K. Cost-Benefit of Intensive Care. Ann Intern Med. ;78:310–311. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-2-310
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(2):310-311.
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