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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7195.1426a (Published 22 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1426
  1. David Woods, president
  1. Healthcare Media International, Philadelphia, USA, and former editor-in-chief, Canadian Medical Association Journal

    Dan Cloud

    Frederic C Beil, £18.44, pp 359

    ISBN 0 913720 98 4

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    The American Medical Association (AMA) has a propensity for what might be dubbed autopedicide—shooting itself in the foot. It recently had to extricate itself, at a cost of almost $10m, from an ill conceived promotional partnership with an electrical products company and then precipitately fired its long time journal editor for what seemed to be, at worst, a minor lapse of editorial judgment.

    But none of that compares with the antics of the fictional AMA portrayed in this first novel by Dan Cloud, a former president of the association. Here, a …

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