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November 11, 1950

TELOGNOSIS AND VIDEOGNOSIS 1: X-RAY FACSIMILE AND TELEVISION DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES FOR RURAL HOSPITALS

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255 South 17th Street, Philadelphia 3.

JAMA. 1950;144(11):948-949. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920110060027
Abstract

To the Editor:—  The problem of furnishing adequate radiologic service to the small rural hospital has long occupied the attention of both the hospital administrator and the radiologist. The problem is accentuated by the Hill-Burton program of federal aid to the states and the communities for hospital construction which has sped the building of nearly three quarters of a billion dollars worth of small hospitals. Approval of projects by the Public Health Service has been at the rate of two a day since the program went into effect, on Aug. 13, 1946. More than 100 Hill-Burton-aided hospitals are now open and provide medical and related services to patients; 600 more are under construction, and 300 are still on drafting boards but approved for funds. The authorities estimate that this nation needs 900,000 more hospital beds. In two years, 50,000 beds and 185 health centers have been approved for aid. As

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