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September 25, 1972

Patient Management

JAMA. 1972;221(13):1514. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200260050015

Today, of necessity, everyone is a manager, Leo Durocher's recent removal from that title notwithstanding. Each day involves a degree of scheduling, budgeting, organizing, planning, or settling something or other. Even deceased persons manage to have a "hand" in survivors' affairs through testate and probate activities. With "system" in vogue, management may be said to be "a systematized doing of one's thing."

"Manage" (from Latin manus, hand) means many things: to wield, direct, administer, handle, get a person to do what one wishes, contrive, succeed, or regulate (and also {compare: manège} to train a horse in his paces). This year, in observation of the races and as selection of our "government managers" is anticipated, one may enjoy conjecturing on the manager-managee relationship, the more so as we advance beyond the days of the fight manager and his surly ilk into the time of the city manager, claims manager, and chess-match