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November 8, 1919


JAMA. 1919;73(19):1454. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610450050022

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Buenos Aires, Sept. 21, 1919.

Public Assistance Difficulties  The progressive increase in the prices of drugs and foods has aggravated the constant economic difficulties with which the public assistance department of this capital is always struggling. This is in part due to the fact that we have constantly with us an enormous number of patients from all over the country, half of whom do not properly belong here. The surgical and medical equipment is deficient and the surgical service is maintained only through the public spirit of the physicians in charge. These difficulties have caused the authorities to make attempts to increase the hospital funds. Those in charge of the public assistance have requested the cooperation of the people, in order to provide clothing, shoes, orthopedic apparatus, transportation, etc., for the indigent patients. The commission appointed to this effect has. obtained quite a large number of contributions, but on account

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