The formation of a section to be devoted to the consideration of hospital problems is to be welcomed as meeting a real need of the profession. Hospitals have played an important part in the past and are destined to play a much greater one in the future in the advancement of medical science and art and in the promotion of medical education. In recent years they have assumed interesting and significant sociologic functions, and it is possible that it may hereafter be deemed wise to add the subject of medical sociology to the title and functions of this section. Certainly there should be some section in which this important subject may receive proper consideration, and it does not seem desirable to multiply the sections of the Association more than is absolutely necessary.
The various activities of the hospital may be classified as humanitarian, scientific and educational. Although included in the
WELCH WH. THE HOSPITAL IN RELATION TO MEDICAL SCIENCE. JAMA. 1912;LIX(19):1667-1668. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270110081002