Medicine And Books

The Doctor-Manager

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:812
  1. Rowland B Hopkinson

    John Sutherst, Veronica Glascott Churchill Livingstone, £12.95, pp 256 ISBN 0 443 04862 2

    The notes on the attractive cover of this book advise that “The Doctor-Manager will be essential reading for all doctors in training, and especially those about to assume management responsibilities for the first time….” I disagree for I found it verbose, platitudinous, and without the clear structure needed to help the novice in medical management.

    The book throughout shows a failure to define the roles and responsibilities of the posts mentioned, whether medical, nursing, business, or the infrequently mentioned “financial assistant.” Where should line management relationships exist? What of …

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