May 1954

Administrative Medicine: Transactions of the First Conference March 9-11, 1953.

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Edited by George S. Stevenson, M.D. Price, $3.00. Pp. 176, with 6 illustrations. Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation, 16 W. 46th St., New York 36, 1953.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1954;93(5):805-806. doi:10.1001/archinte.1954.00240290163023

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The rather ambiguous title of "Administrative Medicine," which is a transcript of a Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation Conference, suggests high-flown thoughts on how to run a medical school, how to run a hospital, and how to make use of all the advantages of living in the age of the managerial revolution. It turns out to be no such thing, but a really very stimulating discussion of rather more general problems of social, sociological, humanitarian, and economic changes in the practice of medicine and the education for this practice. It also includes problems dealing with the numerous ancillary members of what seems now to be finally established as a team operation—the care of the sick. Naturally the problem of semantics occurs.

It is pleasant to note the rarity of barrages of the jargons which so often disfigure writings on this topic. Thus we find very few allusions to formulations, evaluations, coordinatings,

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