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August 19, 1944


JAMA. 1944;125(16):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850340075016

WASHINGTON LETTER  (From a Special Correspondent)Aug. 14, 1944.

Proposed Health Center for Nation's Capital  How to bring hospital facilities of the nation's capital up to the level of Baltimore, Pittsburgh and other cities in the United States is now occupying the attention of national and local officials here. House and Senate subcommittees on health and hospitals have proposed establishment of a vast health center on a 20 acre plot of land, with existing hospitals to be integrated, though retaining their independent status.Meantime, a House committee has already reviewed the situation and concluded sittings with a request for further basic information, and today (August 14) a subcommittee of the Senate District Committee begins hearings on a bill which is designed to modernize completely existing hospital services.The capital is now a city of hospital contrasts, with the great Navy Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., and Walter Reed General Army

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