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To the Editor:
—The editorial in the Oct. 18 issue of The Journal, page 696, entitled "A Cooperative Program to Reduce the Costs of Hospital Care," as well as the letter of Dr. Albert W. Snoke, on page 713, was of great interest to me, and, particularly, the following quotation from the editorial: "Physicians who are concerned about the expenses their patients incur when they are hospitalized do not always appreciate how many elements of the patient's hospital stay that are directly related to the size of his hospital bill are under their complete control."I have been interested in the problem of overtreatment of trivial skin lesions for a long time. Last spring, during a six week period, 30% of all new patients seen by me in the office and hospital had contact dermatitis. When these patients had recovered sufficiently, patch tests were made with remedies they had used.
Gaul LE. HOSPITAL CARE COSTS. JAMA. 1952;150(15):1511. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150065027