July 25, 1986

How To Do It

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago


edited by Stephen Lock, ed 2 (Articles from the British Medical Journal), 266 pp, $14.50, London, British Medical Association, 1985.

JAMA. 1986;256(4):533-534. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380040107045

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An unusual assortment of nearly 50 topics are covered in this manual. As the editor suggests in the preface, it should be quite useful for the physician taking a first post-training position.

Among topics one rarely or never would find treated anywhere else are "Chair a Committee," "Give a Press Conference," "Become a Medical Journalist or Editor," "Appear on Television," "Prepare a Lecture," "Use an Overhead Projector," "Referee a Paper," "Deal With a Publisher," and "Beautify Your Old Hospital." Many chapters are only a few pages long, but the opening chapter, "Organise an International Medical Meeting," is more than 30 pages long and deals with a range of topics from "The Committee" to "The Dinner."

Some chapters, such as "Prepare an MD Thesis," are pertinent to a British audience, but even one such as "Giving Evidence"—a topic that is covered at greater length in many other books and symposia—still has