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March 30, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(13):1157-1266. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810130019008

NINETEENTH ANNUAL PRESENTATION OF HOSPITAL DATA BY THE COUNCIL ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND HOSPITALS OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION  One person every 3.2 seconds is the rate at which patients entered hospitals during the year 1939. The total number of patients admitted by all registered hospitals in the United States was 9,879,244. This does not include the 1,099,713 babies that were born in hospitals during the year. The general hospitals alone reported 1,051,286 births and the maternity hospitals 45,664.The increase of admissions over the previous year is 458,169. The nonprofit hospitals, including churches, fraternities and other nonprofit associations, contributed 338,144 to this increase.The average census of patients was 996,483.The total number of registered hospitals is 6,226, an increase of sixty during the year.The total number of beds now available in registered hospitals is 1,195,026, an increase of 33,646 beds, which is the equivalent of a ninety-two