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August 10, 1963

The environment of medical practice

JAMA. 1963;185(6):546. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060060144037

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The physician lives in a medical environment that is far more complex than he might at first imagine. Medicine includes a great deal more than the direct contact between doctor and patient. There are accessory contacts and relationships that go far afield, and yet are of extreme importance. The physician, as soon as he enters practice, also enters a broad web of socioeconomic relationships that may be quite bewildering. The present volume, which is a composite work, orients the reader towards the many organizations and agencies and the various professional, social, economic, and political groupings that are important in medical practice. All but 2 of the 13 co-authors are physicians who have achieved prominence in organized medicine. The two laymen are an economist and an insurance executive.

The contents are for the most part expository and factual. Dr. R. B. Robins, who is the editor, contributes an analysis of the

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