July 23, 1955

Handbook of Parliamentary Procedure

JAMA. 1955;158(12):1144. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960120144026

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The author shows evidence of his medical training in that he not only names the "diseases" and tells the basic characteristics of each "disease" but also recites possible complications and tells how each one may arise and how it should be treated should it arise. This book is more of a reference book or textbook than a handbook. Examples of the use of rules and a discussion of the reason for and method of their use is a feature. The glossary with the definition of each technical term is invaluable. Although exact details in answering hypothetical questions with a discussion of other possible opinions is of great value to the beginner, the expert will also gain much in reading this book. It gives sense and understanding to "Roberts Rules of Order" and other standard works that are commonly misinterpreted. The discussion of the difficult problem of substitute motions, often encountered

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