By Portia M. Frederick and Mary E. Kinn, CPS. Price, $7.50. Pp 461. W. B. Saunders, West Washington Square, Philadelphia 19105, 1967.
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This book is an easily read, practical attempt to explain the duties and responsibilities of the office assistant. Material included is quite general, and as a result, the portion that is devoted to pediatric practice is very small.
This would make a good reference book, but has very little practical application for a physician who is in full-time pediatric practice. There are some statements which are disturbing. The foreword includes a statement referring to the office assistant and the importance of this individual: "Because with extra help, they [physicians] can see more patients in less time."This approach to medical care is not ideal and would have been better expressed if the author had stated that a good office assistant allows a physician to see the same number of patients, and at the same time to provide superior medical care. (Emphasis should be on quality, not quantity.)
The book might
BLOOM JE. The Office Assistant in Medical Practice.. Am J Dis Child. 1968;115(4):511. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100010513021