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March 2, 1940

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JAMA. 1940;114(9):807. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810090085017

TUBERCULOSIS HOSPITALIZATION  In the survey of tuberculosis hospitalization by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals published in this issue of The Journal, it is shown that the sanatoriums, tuberculosis departments and preventoriums admitted 122,342 patients in 1938, treated 202,021 and maintained an average daily census of 79,300. This represents an annual expenditure of over seventy million dollars for hospital care, not including the loss of earning power of the patients or the care of dependents. Tuberculosis is therefore still a great economic problem. The survey reveals also an increasing use of sanatorium facilities for far advanced cases, a trend which will aid in decreasing dangerous foci of infection. However, the continued hospitalization of nontuberculous children in some of the sanatoriums for adult tuberculosis is fraught with danger if separate units are not maintained. When additional beds are required for the care of patients it would seem logical to convert

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