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February 24, 1940

Government Services

JAMA. 1940;114(8):673. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810080045017

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Abstract

Activities of Veterans' Administration  During the fiscal year ended June 30, 1939, there were 165,576 admissions of United States veterans to hospitals and a daily average of 49,147 patients of all types under treatment, according to the annual report of the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs.The hospital load at the end of the year was 54,117, an increase of about 6 per cent over the preceding year. More than 77 per cent of these veterans were receiving treatment for disabilities not of service origin. Of the total patient load, 48,527 patients were World War veterans. More than 64 per cent were in hospitals in their home states.According to types of illness they were divided as follows: tuberculosis 9.2 per cent, neuropsychiatric diseases 57.68 per cent, general medical and surgical conditions 33.12 per cent. This distribution is in marked contrast to that of 1923, when 41 per cent were ill

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