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August 14, 1948

Current Comment

JAMA. 1948;137(16):1468-1469. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890500116012

TECHNICAL PERSONNEL  The need for more technical personnel in hospitals, clinics and physicians' offices continues and in some quarters has been termed "critical." The relation between the number of admissions to hospitals and the requirement for full time trained technicians has been demonstrated by statistical comparison. Most hospitals, and many with greatly increased facilities through new construction, are operating at capacity. The present general tendency toward shorter periods of convalescence in hospitals has permitted a greater turnover of patients than in the past. Progressive advances in therapy, new methods of treatment and rehabilitation have created new demands for technical personnel. These demands have been further augmented by the increased needs of government hospitals, particularly those of the Veterans Administration. Federal agencies that are interested in maintaining adequate standards in the training of technical personnel share the general concern over the shortages and are actively engaged in measures designed to increase

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