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September 10, 1927


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JAMA. 1927;89(11):837-841. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110001001

The hosts of neuropsychiatric patients and the relatively small number of physicians who minister exclusively to them challenge attention. The fifth presentation of hospital data by the American Medical Association1 gives the astounding information that 42.5 per cent of all hospital beds in the United States, exclusive of bassinets, and 51 per cent of all beds in use are for neuropsychiatric patients, the great majority being, of course, psychiatric. In general hospitals there are 283,301 beds, of which only 178,979, or 66 per cent, are in daily use. For all purposes, such as general hospital, tuberculosis, children's diseases and neuropsychiatry, there are 802,065 beds, of which 625,611 are in daily use. Of this number 341,480, 1 to 322 of population, with 322,991, or 94 per cent, in daily use are for neuropsychiatric purposes, a shade over one half. These figures do not include beds for neurologic patients in almshouses

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