Bat& Reviews THE
FUNCTIONS AND EDUCATION OF MEDICIL RECORD PERSONNEL. Study Group of the Graduate School of Public Health, I!niversit>- of Pittsburgh, versity of Pittsburgh Press. Indexed. Pp. 75. Price $2.00.
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This survey report to the American Association of Medical Record Librarians by the Study Group of the Graduate School of Public Health, Uni\ e&t)- of Pittsburgh, is to be used as a guide in planning future educational programs for medical record personnel. Functions and duties suggested by :Jdministrators as well as those currently performed by medical record librarians are included ill this report; c.ousequently these functions must be reviewed realistically by the hospital administrators when outlining the functions of a medical record librarian employed in his hospital. The outline of a college curriculum, designed LO produce graduates capable of assuming the responsibilities listed above, will be of interest to cducxtors, medical record personnel, hospital administrators, and members of allied health specialties. This comprehensive report, while not endorsed I,>. the American Association of Medical Record Librarians as published, points out the need for extensive revision in the present educational program. Hospitals are not able to provide the facilities and personnel required to There is an ever increasing need for carry out a program comparable to the one outlined here. colleges and universities to include medical record librarians with other paramedical groups and offer the necessary courses in their school c~lrricultun. A statement of the official position of the :Jmerican .\ssociation of Rledical Record Librarians may be expected
in the near future. EL-elyn Carter
HARVEY. lirs L1l.X Philosophical Libratx,
Inc.., New Yr)rk,
Dr. Chauvois yields to no one in his admiration for Harve!.. He considers Harvey “\vithout In line with this sentiment, shadow of a doubt, among the 3 or 4 master intelligences of all time.” Chauvois has written what might be called a Hollywood “\\‘ill Harve), Story” were it not for the absence of libidinous adventures. The better to build up Harl-cl,, all his predecessors (Servctus, Colombo, Caesalpinus, etc.) are given short shrift, 50 that the cpir discovery can appear to spring full-grown from Harvey’s brow. Unfortunately, also, little is actually kno\vll about the details of [lx\-ey’s personalit), and life, and what is known is rather remarkably dull. Chauvois attempts to fill in with occasional “‘l‘hell (You know the prototype: confabulations which are at times unilltelitiollnll?. funn>he stopped OII the hill and opened up his bag and took out a Aami sandwich. ‘l-here is no actual record of his having done this, but we do kl~ow that I-lar\.e!, probably ate lunch, and WC do kno\\ .“) The author has apparelltl>, read that people made salami sandwiches in those (lays. So the Latin tests of Harvey‘s work and claims to ha\-c unearthed important errors in older transThe reader who waits breathlessly fol- an) important discoveries, howe\,er, will oul>, lations. become hyperrapnic for his pains-Chauvois has indeed one or two points to make, but they are minuscule. The volume is in large part frankly deri\-ative, with large rrrtions takeu in toto from the writings of other biographers, particularly D’,\r(.y I’olver. The book also costs too nluch. Louis Lasagna 356