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The authors wrote to 539 doctors, sending them a questionnaire on the duties and training considered desirable for a medical secretary. The authors also secured replies from 124 medical secretaries. This book supplies a careful consideration of the job of the medical secretary from many points of view, with a whole chapter on the telephone. It discusses also the stenographic, mailing and filing work of the secretary. Apparently the first class medical secretary will also have information about editing manuscripts, collecting bills, helping with the banking and finance of the office, giving advice on legal matters and perhaps putting in her spare time in the laboratory. A special section provides shorthand forms for medical words and a good deal of information about punctuation and grammar
Office Manual for the Medical Secretary. JAMA. 1948;136(13):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890300055025