Data collected by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals indicate that the number of births occurring in the hospitals on the list of registered hospitals maintained by the Council increased from 708,889 in 1931 to 1,404,940 in 1941 and to 1,670,599 in 1942. Apparently 27.9 per cent of the increase in the number of patients admitted to the hospitals of the country in 1942 over 1941 was due to the admission of an increased number of maternity patients. Although it is recognized that the data collected do not include all births occurring in all hospitals in the United States, they are sufficiently complete to warrant their use in computing the percentage of births occurring in hospitals, using as a base the total births recorded by the Bureau of Census of the U. S. Department of Commerce.
The table on page 1018 provides a striking picture of the increasing use
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