Assessment of Medical Care

Spencer Eth, R. James Brenner, Thrift G. Hanks, Robert H. Brook, Kathleen N. Williams, David D. Rutstein, William Berenberg, Thomas C. Chalmers, Charles G. Child, Alfred P. Fishman, Edward B. Perrin

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To the Editor: There is a suggestive word substitution in “Measuring the Quality of Medical Care” by Rutstein (N Engl J Med 294:582–588, 1976). The second footnote on page 583 reads, “Thereafter, the rate decreased by half almost every five years to 29 in 1940, 16 in 1945, and 8 in 1950, and then declined asymptomatically to 3.3 per 10,000 live births in 1973.” No doubt the correct word is asymptotically. It may indeed be more than a coincidence that such a mistake appears in an article heavily biased in favor of objective standards of quality of care. Although.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-118
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 8 1976
Externally publishedYes

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  • Medicine(all)


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