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Health Service Prospects. An International Survey.

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Edited by Douglas-Wilson I., McLachlan Gordon. . 346 pages. The Lancet. , London; The Nuffield Provincial Hospitals Trust; , London: ; Little, Brown and Company; , Boston: ; 1973.. Price, not given.

Ann Intern Med. 1974;80(3):429. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-80-3-429_1
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Health Services Prospects contains too many facts and too little analysis to make it easy reading. Indeed, I found the reading to be so heavy that before I had waded halfway through the book, I began to wonder whether the primary function of book reviews was to assure that at least someone reads every word of every book. Nevertheless, this book is an important resource for those interested in health services, statistics, and demography.

This book commemorates the 150th birthday of the great-grandfather of all medical journals, The Lancet, which richly deserves its distinguished reputation. Its editor, Ian Douglas-Wilson, was


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