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January 2, 1967

Medical Secretary's Manual

JAMA. 1967;199(1):50. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120010094040

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From her practical experience as a physician's secretary and as a teacher of medical shorthand, the author has prepared a manual for medical secretaries and assistants. The material presented is clinically oriented, each section devoted to a particular system or organ of the body. Before confronting the reader with definitions and shorthand symbols for each specific term or phrase, Miss Eshom provides a simplified description of the system under discussion and frequently includes helpful schematic drawings. This background information distinguishes her book from the usual text of medical shorthand. The practice material was taken from actual office and hospital records, and the author has suggested a practice routine which should assist in committing to memory these new shorthand symbols (based upon conventional Gregg shorthand). An extensive index has also been supplied for speedy reference.

Although for maximal retention classroom instruction and supervision would probably be required, Miss Eshom's book should