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Economic Irony and Cost Containment

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Department of Medicine, Charlotte Memorial Hospital and Medical Center; Charlotte, North Carolina

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Ann Intern Med. 1979;90(2):267-268. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-90-2-267
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In this issue (pp. 243-248), Dr. Griner and the medical house staff at Strong Memorial Hospital (1) present data suggesting that the combined efforts of a house staff, faculty, and hospital administration can result in a containment, or even a decrease, in the use of laboratory procedures on a medical teaching service. This is important documentation, and although as yet there are no data to show that habits formed as a house officer will persist throughout a lifetime of practice, at least the groundwork for such future studies has been laid.

In recent years, others interested in the economic aspects


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