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Book and Media Reviews
August 24/31, 2011

Effective Medical Leadership

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Author Affiliation: Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland (

JAMA. 2011;306(8):885-886. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1217

Effective Medical Leadership is not the first book about how to manage a health care organization, and it is not likely to be the last. This raises 2 important questions: Is a book written by someone without any formal training in management any different from a book written by someone with formal management training? Is this book substantially different from other books on the same topic?

The literature of health care management seems to comprise 2 categories of books. Those in the first category are written primarily by academics with degrees in management who present the theories of management and then illustrate the theories with case studies or examples. Books in the second category are written by practitioners who often have little or no formal training in management and are basing the book primarily on their own leadership experiences. Both approaches have value, and both will appeal to different audiences.

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