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September 7, 1929

AUSTRALIA

JAMA. 1929;93(10):781-782. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710100043024

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Abstract

The Proposed Change in Location of the Melbourne Hospital  It is natural that a city having a present-day population of more than a million and which, less than a century ago, was open country should have a difficult problem in the provision of hospital accommodation. That the passage of time will increase the problem is indicated by the forecast of the Victorian government statistician that the population of Melbourne will have doubled itself thirty-two years hence.The original grant of land for hospital purposes on what was then the outskirts of the city has proved quite incapable of supplying the increasing hospital bed demands of the growing community. The present building contains 372 beds with a large outpatient and other departments. Without adding one more bed to the existing hospital, the architect's estimate for urgent extensions was £372,000. A fortunate feature of the problem is the increase in the value

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