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June 3, 1961


JAMA. 1961;176(9):805. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040220053012

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A guide has been prepared, designed primarily to aid small companies in the development of a satisfactory medical-records system. Large companies should also be able to adapt this material to their particular needs. Basic principles and requirements of medical recording demand the simplest forms and systems for the purpose the records are to serve. It is believed that the system should be usable by the smallest medical unit or industrial nurse, and should serve as a valuable tool in the maintenance of health and safety. The guide, described in the June issue of the Archives of Environmental Health, is the first of a projected series of reports on the subject.

It is suggested that responsibility for the maintenance of medical records should not be delegated to clerical personnel. In occupational medical departments which do not have close physician supervision, this responsibility should be assumed by the professional nurse. The health

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