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House Officer Training: A Casual Perspective.

David J. Crosby, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1970;126(6):1078-1079. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310120140028.
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Here is a worthwhile book, written expressly for residents and interns but well worth the attention of program directors and other physicians who teach in training programs. It is actually a collection of essays written for House Physician Reporter by the author(s) in 1968 and 1969, covering topics of vital concern to house officers; things which they ordinarily learn through hard experience and painful trial and error.

Twenty years of experience in training house officers has been distilled into a few pages to guide neophyte physicians into paths which can help them get the most from their postgraduate training and set patterns for lifetime learning.

Topics include the conduct and etiquette of ward rounds, ethics, conferences, establishment of reading habits, writing of papers, relationships with nurses, drug information, rational use of the laboratory, and confrontation with death. There are also superb discussions of the transition from residency training to active


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