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Anaesthesia in the United States

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7055.495a (Published 24 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:495

Anaesthesia in Britain is as bad as in the United States

  1. Errol M Cornish, Specialist registrar in anaesthetics and intensive care
  1. 11 Holmbury Park, Bromley, Kent

    EDITOR,—I am a registrar and, like Peter Hambly1, on an exchange—but from the Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, to a similar post in Kent. In Britain, as in the United States, anaesthesiologists do not warrant the time of day. Surgeons do not inform us of when they are about to make the incision, dilate the cervix, or stretch the anus; nor do they keep us informed of their progression or imminent termination of the operative procedure. Surgeons do not inform us that …

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