ROBERT L. DICKMAN, M.D.
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To the editor: The article by Brook, Berg, and Schechter in the March issue (pp. 333-339) was stimulating. As one who is concerned daily with the problems of providing ambulatory care in a metropolitan teaching hospital, I wish to comment on some of the important issues in that paper.
We must critically assess the role of the emergency room in the provision of primary, nonurgent medical care. The enormous rise in visits to emergency rooms over the past decade attests not to the viability of such services but only to increasing demands and lack of availability of other resources. By
DICKMAN RL. Emergency Room Care. Ann Intern Med. 1973;79:135. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-79-1-135_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(1):135.
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