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September 1972

The Medical Administrator's Life: Here Today and Here Tomorrow

Author Affiliations

New York
From the Department of Psychiatry, New York Medical College.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;27(3):418-422. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750270114019

I have always been deeply interested in the administrative side of love, which I find more absorbing than its purely erotic aspects. What Lady Chatterly and her gamekeeper did in the woods is, to me, of only passing interest, compared with how they got there, what arrangements were made for a shelter in the case of inclement weather, and for refreshments, how they accounted for their absence, whether either party could recover incidental expenses, and if so, how. This attitude is, after all, not so unreasonable. Most great generals have admitted planning campaigns and winning victories in the field is relatively easy compared with arranging transport and supplies. "An army," Napoleon said, in one of his most celebrated remarks, "marches on its stomach." So do lovers.

If the administrative arrangements are faulty, the campaign that follows cannot but be laborious, and even victory brings little satisfaction.

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