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November 28, 1914

THE PREVENTION OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN GENERAL HOSPITALS

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PROVIDENCE, R. I.

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(22):1941-1946. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570220051015
Abstract

I cannot hope to present to you any scheme which will entirely prevent the introduction of transmissible diseases into hospitals. The object of this paper is to point out briefly how such incidence can be very materially diminished.

We must first take a more intelligent interest in this matter and provide the means for accomplishing better results. Very few American hospitals, either general or contagious, keep an accurate record of diseases contracted within the hospital and record them in their annual reports. At most, they make brief mention of any considerable outbreaks. This is an unfortunate state of affairs. How shall we make any progress until we face this problem honestly, publish our results, good and bad, and study the situation from the standpoint of facts, not theories? Such an endeavor will bear fruit and will be to the advantage of hospitals, for the incidence of infectious diseases to any

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