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JAMA 100 Years Ago
September 19, 2007

THE DISPENSARY PROBLEM.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(11):1343. doi:10.1001/jama.298.11.1343

The use and abuse of the dispensary has been the subject of a vast amount of discussion, and in some states various legislative measures have been enacted for the purpose of bettering conditions. These measures have met with more or less success, but at present conditions are far from ideal in the best of regulated communities. In a recent article Dr. S. S. Goldwater,1 secretary of the Hospital Conference of the City of New York, offers some very pertinent suggestions. Dr Goldwater points out that there is one evil, of no small importance in itself, which, if corrected, would tend to minimize the difficulties of meeting several of the other evils. This is the overcrowding to which many of the dispensaries are subjected. In an overcrowded dispensary it is utterly impossible for the patient to receive the time and attention which should be given him in order to secure even reasonable good results from the standpoint of either patient or physician.

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