edited by Leslie J. DeGroot, 538 pp, $16.50, Springfield, Ill: Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1966.
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This book is as various as its subject. It consists of a series of 36 articles, originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine, on topics ranging from medical education, health services, and healthrelated organizations, to public and international health. The authors are experts of many kinds, predominantly physicians from the Boston and New York areas. The prevailing tone is that of expository status reports or position papers by experienced administrators. Most of the pieces are authoritative, and all are informative, although there is generally more opinion than fact. Notable exceptions are Weinerman's original and factual analysis of outpatient services, Anderson's survey of health service systems in various countries, and Peterson's review of the evaluation of the quality of medical care. Some articles stimulate interpretive thought, such as Ellis on regionalization of hospital services and Robertson on the role of private foundations in medicine. An occasional passage, such as
Ford AB. Medical Care: Social and Organizational Aspects. JAMA. 1967;200(3):264. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120160130040