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December 2, 1939

Secretarial Efficiency

JAMA. 1939;113(23):2087. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800480072035

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The author has been secretary to the editor of the Atlantic Monthly and assistant to the business manager of Wellesley College. These two jobs ought to indicate that she herself is efficient. Her book offers a vast amount of advice to the girl who wants to rise in the profession of secretary and includes a discussion of important traits. Incidentally, she also discusses such detailed matters as the way in which the girl receiving dictation ought to sit, and she even discusses the executive who begins to dictate before the girl has time to sit. She mentions all the things that a secretary should ask the executive after he has finished his dictation so as to remind him of what he forgot. There are discussions of spelling, spacing, memorandums, telephone, handling of callers, making of files and appointments, and there is even a section on what the secretary is to

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