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December 16, 1944

Hospital Color and Decoration

JAMA. 1944;126(16):1056. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850510064025

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There has been a growing realization in recent years that beauty is an essential element in hospital construction. Fortunately this can be achieved without extravagance and without the sacrifice of any of the basic principles involved in the practical utilization of institutional facilities. In the present volume the author shows how cheerful and attractive surroundings can be attained. His principal medium is color, yet he does not overlook the importance of other decorative effects in the planning and arrangement of individual rooms, wards, hospital entrance, lounge, solariums and other units. Careful attention is given to the selection of furnishings, lighting effects, flowers and plants and also to the scientific landscaping of hospital grounds. Excellent illustrations are included and many valuable suggestions, charts and guides with reference to color schemes, plants for the sunroom and outside planting appropriate to the various sections of the United States. A useful bibliography facilitates the

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