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March 27, 1937

OVERCROWDING AND OVERBUILDING OF HOSPITALS

JAMA. 1937;108(13):1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780130108011

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Abstract

This year hospitals in the United States were asked to state their rated capacity, meaning the number of patients which the hospital was intended to accommodate. One of the conditions revealed was overcrowding in some state mental hospitals. Owing to lack of funds to provide quarters and room for equipment and facilities, there has been overcrowding of the living space and particularly of sleeping quarters. Beds are placed in corridors, on porches and in passageways. Beds are found touching head to head or even side to side where there is not sufficient space.

The statistical data on page 1035 in this issue of The Journal tell how many hospitals have been found in each relative degree of overcrowding. The information is presented for those who may make use of it to hasten relief of the discomfort and retardation that result from overcrowding. Letters from state hospital commissions, welfare departments and

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