September 21, 1907


Author Affiliations

Surgeon-in-chief of Augustana Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital; Professor of Clinical Surgery in the Medical Department of the University of Illinois. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(12):990-993. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320120012002b

The matter of economy in the construction of hospitals has come to be of the. greatest importance in every part of this country, because these institutions are now an absolute necessity, not only in the great cities, but in every community.

No town of more than one thousand inhabitants should be without its hospital, because these smaller towns contain all other necessities desired by intelligent, educated people. They usually have excellent schools and churches. The water supply is good and there is ample fire protection. The inhabitants of these towns are people of refinement and education, who, together with the population of the surrounding farming communities, make up the most valuable portion of the population of this country. These people must, for many generations to come, supply the physical, mental and moral stamina of this nation and are entitled to all the modern facilities.

It seems that in civilized communities,

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