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October 30, 1937

The Business Side of Medical Practice

JAMA. 1937;109(18):1479. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780440069047

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This is a compact, readable work that meets a long recognized need in the medical profession. It can be read by any physician in a few hours, and there will be few physicians who will not gain considerable profit from reading it. The discussions of such subjects as office management, necessary financial records, case records and filing and the proper handling of patients' accounts are straightforward and so well illustrated that misunderstanding is difficult. The author does not recommend a complex "system" of bookkeeping or collections such as so often cumber similar books. The discussion of legal matters properly confines itself to warnings as to the character of the knowledge that is needed and the necessity of securing expert advice when more difficult problems appear. The chapters on public speaking and preparation of a manuscript are wisely elementary and confined to essential suggestions. The book will not make accountants, lawyers,

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