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February 1, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(5):384-385. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770050040013

The many functions which the teaching hospital is supposed to fulfil call for constant study and modification. No better illustration can be given of the thought and work necessary to keep a hospital in its place than the recent report of Dr. Eugene F. Du Bois,1 physicianin-chief to the New York Hospital. The great menace in the medical sciences at the present time, according to Du Bois, is an overabundance of mediocrity. In a department such as medicine, mediocrity can never be eliminated; but at least certain measures can be taken to check its growth. There must be a spirit of self examination; when comparisons with other institutions are made, only the best in the country are to be considered.

The problems of the hospital fall naturally into several divisions. The routine care of patients and the administration of drugs appear simple, yet they are extraordinarily complex, much more

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