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Although few internists work without medical aides, still fewer have matched pathologists, anesthesiologists, and radiologists in securing medical assistants who multiply their professional effectiveness (and incomes) to a comparable degree. Why have pathologists, anesthesiologists, and radiologists excelled clinicians, and especially internists, in so strikingly multiplying their effectiveness through their aides? Are the reasons related to hospital-based practices or to having specialty-sponsored schools of technology? The reasons can hardly be medicolegal ones, for what could incur greater liability than cross-matching blood, administering an anesthetic, or giving radiotherapy? Are there double standards here? (Why does the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals
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The Office Assistant in Medical Practice.. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:263. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-1-263_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(1):263.
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