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Hi, Len,

Perhaps you can give us your opinion, as an OB-GYN, about this
doctor-getting-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night concept.  When I
had my daughter (6 years ago), it was understood that whoever was
on call the night labor began would deliver the baby--so it would
not necessarily be my doctor who did so.  I didn't particularly
like the guy, so this didn't bother me much :-)

I think this is pretty standard.  But I wonder--what if things
start to go wrong?  Do they call you then?  What if your pregnant
patient should show up in the ER for another reason (car
accident for example)?  

When I think about When I Am A Doctor (blushes slightly),
I imagine being called in the middle of the night at times by
the *hospital*--"your patient has taken a serious turn for
the worse", that sort of thing.  Does this really happen?  Or does
the house staff take care of it and let the patient's doc know
the next morning?  What if the patient is actually dying?

Any comments?

p.s.  What has happened to Larry Moran, the one who sort of initiated
       this discussion?  Has he faded out?

                      "Tipped his hat like Don Quixote,
                       saying Don't let the Rapture pass you by."

Wed, 04 May 1994 04:26:07 GMT
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