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August 01, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XLI(5):315-316. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04480020023009

The increase of smaller hospitals, strikingly shown by the number and variety of official connections still occasionally attached to the name of a more or less prominent physician or surgeon, has been commented on frequently in these columns. The layman of intelligence is rapidly acquiring a taste for the environment and order pervading a hospital. Birth of these smaller institutions is by no means confined to the large metropolis; individual or corporate enterprise has foreseen their need in many obscure but thriving communities. For the care of the ill and injured in this manner, resident and attending staffs have multiplied, considered in the aggregate, to an extent realized by few persons. One pleasing consequence of this is that post-graduate hospital training is accessible to many more than heretofore.

No uniformity of procedure or government of the medical forces of this great class of minor institutions exists, scattered as they are

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