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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
The Office Assistant in Medical Practice.. Ann Intern Med. ;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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