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December 17, 1955


JAMA. 1955;159(16):1553-1559. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960330053018


Outbreak of Diphtheria.—  Dr. Walton H. Y. Smith, Montgomery, Alabama Department of Health, recently reported that 29 cases of diphtheria had occurred in Russell County between July 15 and Aug. 27. Most of the illnesses were mild. An immunization program was instituted in the county, and, by Aug. 22, over 8,000 injections had been given to children 16 years of age and younger.


New St. Vincent Infirmary.—  The new multi-million-dollar St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock was recently opened, 66 years after the first St. Vincent Infirmary was founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The new building has a 425-bed capacity and, when it is completed, will be an $8,500,000 project. The main hospital building contains 12 operating rooms. During the past two years the hospital has cared for upwards of 5,000 patients of all religious denominations. Dr. Henry G. Hollenberg is chief of staff, Dr.

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