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February 26, 1949

Handbook for the Medical Secretary

JAMA. 1949;139(9):613. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900260059028

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Efficient medical secretaries are said to stimulate better care of patients in office practice. This book contains a wealth of useful information. The author's wide experience in offices of physicians and in teaching medical secretaries provides a pertinent source of information on all aspects of medical routine, such as appointments for patients, keeping appointment books, interviewing new patients, writing and filing patients' case histories and clinical office procedures for the doctors' medical assistants. Chapters are included on office nursing technics and duties of dental secretaries. The section on preparation of manuscripts provides useful hints for medical writing. Proper pronunciation and spelling of medical terms is stressed, and approximately two thousand of the most frequently used terms, prefixes, suffixes and abbreviations are listed. Both physician's and dentist's secretaries will find this volume useful as a ready reference for improving the quality of their everyday work.

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