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April 20, 1946


JAMA. 1946;130(16):1163. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870160109011

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The 1945 report on technical personnel in hospitals is presented on page 1083 of this issue. The full effect of the war on the employment of technicians can be reviewed by comparing the reports of previous years which have been included in the Hospital Number of The Journal since 1942. This first tabular presentation of the material represented statistics for 1941, which was the last peacetime year.

An extremely close correlation has been evident between the yearly increase in admissions to hospitals and in the number of full time technicians. There has been a 40.2 per cent increase in hospital admissions since war was declared, and this necessitated huge increases in personnel, who aided in diagnostic studies, in administering treatments or in record keeping. Only one group, the dietitians, has not been augmented in the same ratio. Full time dietitians have been increased 26.6 per cent during this period. Medical

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