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Letter to the editor
Editor, In Professor Murtagh's article (Aust Prescr 1994;17:33-6), he says' It is incumbent on the practitioner to provide competent care from the onset with appropriate referrals where necessary so that the patient remains in mainstream medicine and is not tempted to gravitate to alternate practitioners who may confuse management'.
May I ask two questions. Does the training of medical practitioners equip them to provide 'competent care' in this area? Why shouldn't there be interdisciplinary consultation with chiropractors to eliminate confusion of management?
In exactly 50 years I have seen cooperation between doctor and dentist change from virtually nil to full consultation and courteous referral. Surely everyone in their own field should be free to consult and cooperate with others throughout the medical world.
Dental Surgeon (retired)
Beverly Hills, N.S.W.