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March 27, 1987

Handbook for the Academic Physician

Author Affiliations

Washington University St Louis

Washington University St Louis


edited by William C. McGaghie and John J. Frey, 398 pp, $49.50, New York, Springer-Verlag NY Inc, 1986.

JAMA. 1987;257(12):1655. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390120117041

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Academic physicians today have many complex roles—including teacher, researcher, provider of patient care, administrator, and counselor. Yet it is only in clinical work that many academic physicians have been fully trained. This useful volume reviews the entire range of responsibilities of the academic physician and provides practical guidelines for those entering or contemplating an academic career.

The book is organized into five sections, each containing several essays: professional responsibilities (which emphasizes the administrative aspects of academic medicine), medical education, clinical research, professional communications (both speaking and writing), and the ethics of teaching and patient care. The book is well organized, and the essays and sections are not redundant. Experienced academic physicians are likely to find much of the discussion superficial, but this is the intent of the editors, who chose comprehensiveness and breadth over depth, and who supplemented the essays with a useful bibliography for more detailed reading.

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