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Dr. Gail V. Anderson dies at 88; pioneer in emergency medicine field
Dr. Gail V. Anderson dies at 88; pioneer in emergency medicine field

Emergency rooms weren't always staffed by specialists — doctors well-versed in making life-or-death decisions when a patient arrives at the hospital in cardiac arrest, bleeding from a gunshot wound, or suffering from a drug overdose. That all started to change in the late 1960s and early 1970s when small groups of physicians across the U.S. began pushing to professionalize the field of emergency medicine, creating a specialty that is now an essential component of the American healthcare safety net. One of those pioneers was former Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center physician Dr. Gail V. Anderson, the first chairman of an academic department of emergency medicine in the U.S....

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