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August 14, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(16):1467. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890500115010

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The compositors returned to work on Monday, June 28. This issue of The Journal has been prepared in part by the use of Vari-Typer machines.

HOSPITAL SERVICE IN THE UNITED STATES  Elsewhere in this issue is the 1947 hospital report of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals which reveals an increase in hospital service during the past year in spite of a decrease in total bed capacity. For all registered hospitals the bed capacity decreased in 1947 to 1,425,222 from 1,468,714 in 1946; the average daily census also decreased from 1,239,454 to 1,217,229 during the same period. However, the number of patients admitted increased from 15,153,452 in 1946 to 15,829,514 in 1947. This apparent discrepancy is clarified when the average length of stay per patient in general hospitals is considered. In 1946 the average patient remained 12.9 days in a general hospital; in 1947 he was discharged after 11.4

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