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August 11, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(15):1504. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970150072022

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MEDICAL PRACTICE IN RUSSIA  An article entitled "Hours and Minutes of a Doctor" was printed in the newspaper Literaturnaya Gazeta almost three years ago. With chronometric exactness, this article ticked off the normal working day of a doctor-therapeutist at one of the polyclinics in the city of Zaporozhe. It showed convincingly the manifest need for reducing medical red tape.Many people who read the Hours and Minutes article heaved a sigh of relief. "At last!" they exclaimed. They hoped and waited for the USSR Ministry of Health to review and simplify documentation and remove a good half of the paper mountain from the doctor's desk. The article created quite a stir. But today, tens of thousands of doctors still waste great amounts of time in the same old way filling out every conceivable type of résumé, journal, paper, record, and card. Just as was the case three years ago,

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