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March 15, 1919

MILITARY HOSPITAL MESS MANAGEMENT

JAMA. 1919;72(11):784-788. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610110016005

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Abstract

The problems of mess management in the military hospitals are in many respects similar to those in civilian institutions. There are, however, some essentially different conditions encountered in the former which involve corresponding differences in administration. The proportion of men who are practically well and merely waiting for discharge from the hospital is high. These include surgical and other convalescents who in civil life would be sent to their homes, but who are not yet ready for barracks life or for final discharge from the army.

In the military hospitals a high degree of arbitrary control is feasible. A civil hospital is frequently solicitous that life in the institution be made as pleasant as possible for reasons somewhat apart from therapeusis; in military hospitals, on the other hand, such solicitude is neither desired nor desirable. The chief desideratum is to get the patients out of the hospital as soon as

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