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Family physicians and internists (including medical subspecialists), as well as surgeons and anesthesiologists, all are faced with the challenge of managing medical problems in patients being considered for or undergoing operation. As our population ages and as surgical skill and technology continue to advance, more patients with increasingly complex and multiple-system disorders will face surgery. The tasks of preparing these patients for surgery and of seeing them through operation will become correspondingly more challenging. Physician's assistants and nurse practitioners already are playing an increased role in the evaluation and management of such patients, and these practices will continue. A major
To Make the Patient Ready for Anesthesia: Medical Care of the Surgical Patient.. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:716. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-5-716_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(5):716.
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