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The tenth annual compilation of statistics regarding hospital service in the United States, presented this week in The Journal, brings fresh interest to a consideration of the magnitude of hospital service. Not long ago, hospital procedures were the business only of the few who worked within their walls. The change to modern methods has been so sweeping as to seem inevitable. A comparison of hospital service of ten or twenty years ago with that of today arouses pride in the mighty forces that have brought about such changes.
HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL EDUCATION
The service of hospitals in the teaching of medicine has become a matter of primary importance. A modern medical school can hardly be conceived of apart from hospitals. There are in the United States 76 acceptable medical schools, but there are 316 teaching hospitals. These teaching hospitals, with a total bed capacity of 135,548, are affiliated with the
THE INCREASING IMPORTANCE OF HOSPITALS. JAMA. 1931;96(13):1087-1088. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720390097009