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September 1919

NECROPSY STUDIES AT A HOSPITAL CENTER

Author Affiliations

Captain, M. C., U. S. Army ST. PAUL

From the Base Laboratory, Hospital Center, Allerey, Saone et Loire, France.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1919;24(3):302-320. doi:10.1001/archinte.1919.00090260057005
Abstract

INTRODUCTION  The study in this paper covers a vast amount of material examined in a relatively short period of time. It is therefore more extensive than intensive. It is not possible to give an exhaustive discussion of all the lesions encountered—for that would involve little short of an unabridged treatise on pathology—but rather to give a brief and hurried resume of all of the important pathologic conditions that came under observation. In the period under discussion, more than 30,000 patients passed through the center. At one time more than 20,000 patients and personnel were quartered here. The heavy pressure of work from all sides, together with the absence of proper library facilities, makes it impossible to give much more than a cursory sketch of the grosser details of the postmortem findings.During the period included between July 23, 1918—when the first convoy of patients arrived at this center—and Jan. 1,

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