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Indian Service Hospital Closed.—
The U. S. Indian Service Hospital at Fort Bidwell has been closed to patients. Owing to the extremely isolated location of the hospital, it has been found difficult to secure the continuous service of physicians. The personnel turnover has been unduly large and there have been many periods of time when no physician was available in the hospital by reason of lapses between assignments. The opening of Indian units at the Weimar Joint Sanatorium in Placer County and at the Wish-i-ah Sanatorium in Fresno County has made it possible to provide care for tuberculous Indians from northern California to better advantage than at the Fort Bidwell Hospital. General hospital care for the Indians in Modoc County will now be undertaken at local civil institutions. A generalized clinic and dispensary service under the charge of a full time Indian Service physician and public health nurse will be established at Alturas to provide dispensary care and public health services for the Indian population of the northeastern part of the state.
Dr. Virgil P. W. Sydenstricker, professor of medicine, University of Georgia School of Medicine, Augusta, has been awarded a grant of $6,000 by the Markle Foundation to continue his studies on pellagra.
Medical News. JAMA. 1940;114(11):995–998. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810110061018