A Common Sense Guide to Doctors, Hospitals and Medical Care.

Walter C. Alvarez, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1966;118(5):517. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.00290170105037.
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This is a book which may make many doctors growl because it tells of unnecessary hospitalizations and of a few hospitals in which a study indicated that every operation performed was unnecessary. But the reader should note that it was written by a PhD who is nationally recognized as a writer on medical research and care, and who served as research director for the Medical Association as well as a consultant of the Public Health and Welfare Department of San Mateo, California. He has also written Management of the Doctor-Patient Relationship. Obviously, before writing the latest book he did an enormous amount of research, and many physicians who read this book may have to admit that obviously he has tried to be sure of his facts.

Blum's discussions of hospitals are very interesting. In some hospitals it was found that perhaps 50% of surgery performed was either unnecessary or badly


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