named book is a painstaking effort by Drs. Malpani to help new comers
in medical practice. It is mostly addressed to young and upwardly mobile
consultants, preferably who also have a good knowledge of the computers.
Some of the tips given by the authors e.g. on Time Management and Personal
Education could also be used by district level and senior doctors.
The authors have gone into tremendous details and cover all situations
like choosing the location of practice, staffing, equipment and professional
attitudes. They have recommended full use of the computer and the internet.
The chapter on interpersonal relations and malpractice are particularly
The old formula of success : namely professional competency, good public
relations and luck; has been expanded upon to inculcate modern management
techniques. The Malpanis have a good command of the language and the
epigrams and proverbs at the beginning of each chapter are refreshing.
The cartoons provided in between are a fair relief.
The book can be criticized on grounds of its length and frequent references
to practices in the USA. In my opinion, the last ten chapters are controversial,
maintaining good relations at home with your wife and child varies with
each home and with each circumstance. Most doctors have their own way
of dealing with it. Spirituality and qualities of leaderships; desire
to lead are very individual and cannot be generalized.
The book would gain by removing the last ten chapters which will also
make it more readable.
The bottom line: good book, good effort and wishing the book all success.
Dr. P Madhok
Ashwini Nursing Home, 15th Road,
Khar, Mumbai 400 052.