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"Should" may be defined (according to Webster) as expressing obligation, propriety, or expediency. On its page 79 this book uses the word "should" 20 times. The dilemma of American hospitals in infection control lies in the antagonism between "should" and "can" in considerations of applicability of currently available knowledge in this area. The legalistic aspects of establishing national criteria for hospital performance to serve as guidelines for individual hospital judgment are undefined fined but foreboding. Inasmuch as these criteria are informationally accurate, complete, and up to date they serve an important educational function. Unless they are also realistic and practical,
Infection Control in the Hospital.. Ann Intern Med. ;74:802–803. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-74-5-802_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;74(5):802-803.
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