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With the industrialization of medicine, physicians are cast in the role of workers, subordinating themselves to the goals of the bureaucracy. Their professional autonomy is waning. Rather than repudiate this proletarianization of physician's work, some have become managers—directing the work of other physicians. (Administrators who are not physicians also find themselves managing doctors in new practice settings such as health maintenance organizations.) Alan Sheldon attempts to provide potential managers with advice on the day-to-day concerns of running medical bureaucracies and guiding the "production" of physicians.
The book is divided into ten chapters with titles like "What Must Be Managed?" and
Managing Doctors.. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:645–646. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-106-4-645_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(4):645-646.
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