March 1965

The Art Of Leadership.

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By S. W. Roskill. Price, $2.95. Pp 191. Collins, St. James Place, London, England, 1964.

Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(3):361-362. doi:10.1001/archinte.1965.03860150105022

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Dozens of medical and proprietary journals bend themselves to correcting the average doctor's fiscal naivete. In moderation, this effort on the postgraduate level is proper and even of considerable benefit to the young physician. But for so much effort in one direction, no agency is concerned in helping the neophyte with the major ancillary skill he must acquire—the art of leadership.

Quite abruptly on July 1 of one year the doctor finds the focus of his worries changed from himself to other people. He finds himself in a place of authority with mostly his instinct for a guide. If he has always been a social creature, he reacts with accustomed poise, but if he has been a solitary intellectual, he may be so rebuffed in his first attempts at responsibility for others that he withdraws from clinical medicine altogether, to the accompaniment of all the rationalizations society has provided. With

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