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March 18, 1944

El hospital en Colombia

JAMA. 1944;124(12):812. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850120070034

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This is a compilation by Dr. Jácome Valderrama of the papers presented at the first Colombian Congress on Hospitalization, held at the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia. Despite the nature of the book, one finds in it data that may be of some interest for those who follow the progress being made in Latin American countries in matters of public health. Colombia, a country with about 8 million inhabitants, had 11,422 beds in 1937. The figure rose to 16,322 in 1942, while forty-six hospitals with a total of 1,500 beds are now under construction. These data are certainly encouraging, but it is still more encouraging to learn what was planned in the congress, which, if fulfilled, will thoroughly solve the problem of hospitalization of the indigent or people of slender means in that republic. The influence of the United States in the plans is patent, and examples from hospital organization in

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