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May 10, 1919

HOSPITAL SERVICE IN RURAL COMMUNITIESA PRELIMINARY REPORT

JAMA. 1919;72(19):1365-1367. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26110190004010
Abstract

PART III. SERVICES WHICH SMALL HOSPITALS IN RURAL COMMUNITIES CAN RENDER 

Future Rôle.  —The essential work of a hospital lies in the field of curative medicine. It is hardly necessary, however, to point out that to care for properly and to cure disease is also to prevent it. In fact, it is not unlikely that when the hospital has found its place of greatest usefulness in the scheme of work for health preservation, its influence as a preventive agency will overshadow even its highly important function in the curative field.

Growing the Hospital from the Hearts of the People.  —All experience would seem to point to the fact that a community hospital in order to enjoy its full measure of usefulness must be grown from the hearts of the people whom it is to serve. To do this, public sentiment must as a rule be painstakingly educated. The idea of

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