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April 1968

The Office Assistant in Medical Practice.

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By Portia M. Frederick and Mary E. Kinn, CPS. Price, $7.50. Pp 461. W. B. Saunders, West Washington Square, Philadelphia 19105, 1967.

Am J Dis Child. 1968;115(4):511. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100010513021

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Abstract

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

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