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August 21, 1954

Administrative Medicine: Transactions of the First Conference, March 9, 10 and 11, 1953, New York, N. Y.

JAMA. 1954;155(17):1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350084031

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It is quite likely that no one who reads this little book will entirely agree with the viewpoints expressed in it. The purpose of this book is stimulation rather than persuasion. The book is the almost verbatim transcript of the proceedings of a conference conducted by the Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation. The participants were chosen not as protagonists of one viewpoint or another, but as representatives of the various disciplines related to administrative medicine. During the 1953 meeting, Dr. Willard C. Rappleye summed up the need for keen thinking on administrative medicine; his remarks serve as a foreword to the book: "The complexities of present-day living in a modern industrial society have had a severe impact on the earlier simple relationships of physician and patient, and the indifference of industry and public to health matters.... Yet the needs in matters of health, sickness and disability are still individual and personal....

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