Letters to the Editor: Letters & Announcements
To the Editor
We are a bit confused. The interesting review by Hartog et al,1 which included more than a dozen references to papers by Professor Joachim Boldt, was published in the same issue that included an editorial stating that all of Dr. Boldt's work was under a “shadow of doubt.”2 We are increasingly challenged to keep up with science that is without a “shadow of doubt.” Dr. Hartog's manuscript, with so many references to the work of Dr. Boldt, makes that even more difficult.
The authors report no conflicts of interest.
Nikolaus Gravenstein, MD
Mark J. Rice, MD Department of Anesthesiology
University of Florida College of Medicine
1. Hartog CS, Kohl M, Reinhart K. A systematic review of third-generation hydroxyethyl starch (HES 130/0.4) in resuscitation: safety not adequately addressed. Anesth Analg 2011; 112: 635–45
2. Shafer SL. Shadow of doubt. Anesth Analg 2011; 112: 498–500