July 1966

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  • $50 a Day--and Going Up

    Since 1954 Dr. Crosby has been director of the American Hospital Association, and in 1963 he became its executive vice president as well. He grew up in Rochester, took his medical degrees at Albany Medical College and Johns Hopkins, and has had more than thirty years’ experience in the practice and teaching of medicine and the administration of hospitals.

  • The Public Pays the Bill

    Too many of the incentives written into medical legislation and hospital-care plans tend to increase costs, waste, and duplication, says Assistant Professor Rosenthal of Harvard’s department of economics. The upward spiral will continue, he believes, until the public finds ways to force hospital administrators and doctors to more efficient planning and procedures. The author is a consultant to the U.S. Bureau of the Budget and the Department of Health, Education, and Weltfare, and a member of Harvard’s Inter-Faculty Program in Health and Medical Care.

  • What Money Cannot Buy

    How to put tender loving care back into nursingthat is the problem examined here by the Dutch novelist Jan de Hartog, who catalogued many of the critical limitations of modern medical care in his 1964 best seller, THE HOSPITAL.Mr. De Hartog is the author of several novels and plays and spent nearly four years as a volunteer orderly in Houston’s City County Hospital.

  • The Emergency Ward

    As a young doctor newly assigned to “the E.W.,” Dr. Knowles in 1951 saw in the growing traffic through the emergency ward how the functions of, and demands on, the American hospital were changing. Now general director of Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the world’s great medical complexes, he reflects on how far the changes have gone.

  • De Hospitalibus Excelsior (Wood Shavings From the Hospital)

  • The Book Fair

  • For My Pregnant Cat Grendel Who's Giving Love Another Chance Without a Single Thought

  • Prestige

    R. P. LISTER, who lives in London, is widely known for his light verse, hut he sends us an occasional bit of prose which we are pleased to share with ATLANTICreaders.

  • The Neurotic's Notebook

  • Up Kilimanjaro

  • Record Reviews

  • The Peripatetic Reviewer

  • Reader's Choice

  • Australia

  • Potpourri

  • Coming in the August Atlantic

  • Red China's Army

  • Education's Billion-Dollar Baby

    For another of her microscopic studies of what goes on beneath the governmental and journalistic clichés of Washington, Mrs. Drew has chosen to examine the first results of federal aid to education. Her conclusion is that feds plus funds equals a long-term possibility of progress.

  • Politics and the Arts

    Where, as they frequently do, politicians fear or refuse to tread, artists must rush in to nourish the principles of freedom and human understanding. This theme is explored by the distinguished actor, director, short-story writer, and novelist Peter Ustinov. It is drawn from an address he delivered recently to an audience of politicians, the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

  • Artists as Ambassadors

    Recently, three distinguished American poets, Robert Lowell, Stanley Kunitz, and William Jay Smith, gathered with one of the brilliant young Russian poets to discuss their art and its role in human understanding. The discussion, with Andrei Voznesensky was televised over WNDT/Channel 13. Here is their conversation.

  • Two Poems

  • The Happy Heretic

    Mr. Navasky presides over MONOCLE, an occasional journal of political satire, contributes to numerous magazines. and is at work on a book about the Department of Justice under Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

  • Paradise Street

  • Washington

  • My Stories of the Wild West

    Erie Stanley Gardner is a distinguished criminologist, lawyer, and authority on police work, in addition to being the creator of one of the most widely read fictional characters in the English language, Perry Mason. In his early days as a writer, Mr. Gardner tried his hand at Westerns, but unlike some of his editors, he got his knowledge of the West from actual experience.

  • Last Stop Before the Carbarn

    McAndless, the hero of this new story by Ralph Maloney, got to be World’s Best Bartender not through mere shake-and-stir skill, but because he was something of the autocrat at the barstool. With Mr. Maloney’s talented hand to limn him, McAndless keeps his aplomb right up to Ihe Last Nightcap.

  • Cyril Connolly's Wayward Guide

    The subject for this month’s essay by the ATLANTIC’S critic Louis kronenberger is The Modern Movement as defined by the British critic Cyril Connolly in his choice of one hundred books written from 1880 to 1950 in England, France, and America.

  • Lo Que Se Pierde, What Gets Lost

  • A Painter's Search for Meaning

    In 1964 the Philadelphia Museum of Art gave Franklin Watkins a retrospective exhibition which showed his versatility and the wide range of his subjects. In. this article the director of the H. F. Du Pont Winterthur Museum talks with the painter about the way he reaches his decisions and the methods he prefers.

  • For Amphibians (From "The City and the Island")

  • The Trouble With Hospitals

  • Miracles and Mishaps: Closing the Quality Gap

    For this broad survey of the remarkable medical technology that is available to some, but too few, Americans, Matt Clark, a 1951 graduate of Wesleyan University, drew on his thirteen years’ experience at writing about science and medicine. A winner of the Albert Lasker Medical Journalism Award and the Howard W. Blakeslee Award of the American Heart Association. he is medicine editor of NEWSWEEK magazine.

  • On Being a Patient

    To be so close to death that you later remember deciding whether to die or to live — that is the experience eloquently related here by the talented author of A COVENANT WITH DEATHand other novels. A thirty-nine-year-old New Yorker. Mr. Becker attended Harvard and Yen Clung University in Peking, has held a Guggenheim Fellowship, and translated several books from the French, including THE LAST OF THE JUST.He lives in Westchester County with his wife, two sons, and daughter.

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