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August 1957

Administrative Medicine: Transactions of the Fourth Conference, October 31, November 1 and 2, 1955, Princeton, N. J.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1957;100(2):336. doi:10.1001/archinte.1957.00260080162036

I picked up this book on administrative medicine with more than a few misgivings. Administrative medicine is a term which conjures up all kinds of ideas in one's mind. It suggested to me manipulations by committees, the problems of deans, the struggle for more space in the curriculum, and physicians as teaching pawns on the academic chess board. This particular volume of administrative medicine, however, is misnamed, for it makes a brave effort to evaluate various plans for prepaid medical care. The headings of the various chapters which are essays by individual persons, and then a general discussion reveal the scope of this particular volume. The topics include an essay on measuring the needs of medical service, the health insurance plan of greater New York, assessment of the quality of services in a prepaid group practice plan, assessment of the effectiveness of programs in operation, a study of the quality

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