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January 24, 1914


JAMA. 1914;LXII(4):277-281. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560290027009

The large charity hospital, which must handle a great many patients at the least possible cost and give them the largest possible measure of intelligent care, should be arranged architecturally so that the physicians, nurses and the common employees can do the greatest amount of work with the least expenditure of time and energy.

These principles have guided most hospital architects and the difference in the arrangement of these great plants in different institutions is due to the valuation by architects of the respective services.

I shall try to picture the ideal institution of this character:

  1. The administration department is naturally the gateway to such an institution; it is, therefore, the first building that we enter; the offices are there; the information bureau is there; all business with the outside world is conducted there. It should therefore be convenient to reach.

  2. A division of the administration department of

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