Letters A prophet to modern medicine

Ernest Amory Codman’s crucial contribution to the safety of anaesthetic practice

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g335 (Published 21 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g335
  1. S Sathish Kumar, specialty trainee 7, anaesthesia1,
  2. Nicholas P Hirsch, consultant anaesthetist1
  1. 1Department of Neuroanaesthesia, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH, London WC1N 3BG, UK
  1. ssathish48{at}yahoo.com

Hicks and Makary highlight the pioneering work of Ernest Amory Codman.1 By insisting on measuring patient outcomes and laying down standards for hospitals, often in the face of his colleagues’ indifference and sometimes downright antipathy, he was truly the originator …

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