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The first dispensary in this country was started in 1786. What a difference between that primitive institution, managed entirely by one charitably inclined doctor dispensing drugs to perhaps sixty or seventy poor persons during the year, and the great modern dispensary with its scores of employees and its large medical staff, representing all departments of the science, and handling hundreds of patients daily. From a single little room, or perhaps only a desk, in the back of an apothecary shop, the dispensary has grown until it has become one of the largest and most important factors in present day social economics. How this growth has taken place and the various factors that have been instrumental in bringing the dispensaries up to their present high state of development have been most interestingly and instructively presented by the authors in this volume. They likewise discuss in a comprehensive manner the proper management
Dispensaries: Their Management and Development. A Book for Administrators, Public Health Workers, and All Interested in Better Medical Service for the People. JAMA. 1918;71(22):1850. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.1918.02600480066027
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