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May 7, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(1):60-61. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020190062016

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This succinct title is also the theme of the 1960 National Hospital Week, to be observed May 8 through May 14th. For this particular week, the spotlight is turned on the growing complexity of hospital services and on the personnel who provide these services. Hospitals throughout the nation are planning special programs in observance of this week. They are seeking the support and cooperation of their medical staff physicians, for physicians can do much to create better public understanding of hospitals.

Today the hospital plays an increasingly important role not only in medical research, in formal medical education, and, through medical staff activities, in the continuing education of the physician but also in the practice of medicine. Each year more and more patients are cared for in hospitals, under their physicians' direction, because of the trained teamwork centered in the hospital to aid in diagnosis and therapy and to speed

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