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January 22, 1968

Patients and Their Doctors: A Study of General Practice

JAMA. 1968;203(4):307. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140040059030

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Abstract

Is There an Alternative? (From the British Medical Journal), 73 pp, paper, 7 shillings, $1, London: British Medical Journal, 1967.

What is the state of socialized medicine? During its 20-year history, the British Health Service has provoked many publications both pro and con. A recent aggravation of fiscal problems has raised questions about the efficiency of the system. Physicians dissatisfied with income and working conditions are compounding the problems arising from deteriorating hospital facilities. The problems are financial and an unbending national priority in a receding economy has given cause for alarm.

From information obtained by a comprehensive survey, Miss Cartwright writes of the relationship between general practitioners and their patients. Numerous quotes from the "additional remarks" aspect of the survey provide intersting comments and have a tendency to enliven the rather dry statistical data. The book contains valuable information for reference, but it is not recommended as light reading

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