My excuse for taking up any of your time is that I am appointed chairman of this section, and it seems to be one of the duties of the chairman to open the session with a few remarks. I can assure you that nothing that is of interest to general hospitals is foreign to my sympathy.
This section was formed, as most of you know, last year, and if its work shall prove to be of benefit to the general hospitals, it will grow and have its excuse for existing.
The general hospital is becoming an important factor in most communities, not only of this country, but also of the civilized world. It is almost startling to see what has been accomplished in the multiplication of these hospitals during the last few years.
The first hospitals in this country were the New York Hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital and the Massachusetts
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