May 1956

Administrative Medicine: Transactions of the Third Conference October 6, 7, and 8, 1954.

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Edited by George S. Stevenson, M.D. Price, $3.00. Pp. 172. Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation Publications, 16 West 46th St., New York 36, 1955.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1956;97(5):657. doi:10.1001/archinte.1956.00250230153030

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This brief volume presents the transactions of the Third Conference of the Administrative Medicine series sponsored by the Macy Foundation. The meritorious effort to preserve the spirit of informal discussion in reporting this "working conference" at times unfortunately degenerates into quibbling over trivia. The major discussions center about medical administration as related to hospital administration.

The presentation concerning the distinctive characteristics and educational requirements of the medical administration, introduced by Anthony J. J. Rourke, is refreshingly forthright. Hugh Leavell somewhat facetiously remarks that "someone pointed out that the medical administrator must be a mental cosmopolitan, that he must deal with the multiple services provided under his supervision, with the multiple supervision which he himself has, and he must be governed by incentives other than the profit motive, under conditions of limited competition." Dr. Ray E. Trussell's paper describing the Hunterdon County Medical Center project will be invaluable to those interested

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