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The Audit Society: Rituals of Verification

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:787
  1. Lois Quam, vice president
  1. United Healthcare, Minneapolis, USA

    Michael Power

    Oxford University Press, £19.99, pp 183

    ISBN 0 19 8289472

    This book is valuable precisely because of the obscurity of its subject. Very little has been written about the purpose, context, or process of auditing. This book, therefore, fills a gap. The obscurity of the topic also makes the book somewhat heavy going. It is a meaty, dense read. At times, the book tries to cover too much and requires the reader to work hard to keep engaged.

    Michael Power turns a critical eye towards his former audit profession. He is rightly critical of the current high status given to the act of observing rather than the act of doing. Doctors and NHS managers will enjoy this perspective as they try to cope with difficult …

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