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March 28, 1925

SMALL HOSPITALS

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Architect BOSTON

JAMA. 1925;84(13):952-960. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.26620390006006b
Abstract

The highest medical and surgical efficiency may be attained only in hospitals of sufficient size to afford complete diagnostic, therapeutic and operating facilities; nevertheless there are and always will be smaller units for the care of the sick in localities where larger ones cannot be maintained. To meet this demand for the small surgical and medical units, this article is written.

I have often met conditions such as the following: A wealthy person, feeling his obligation to a community and believing that a hospital would be the kindest expression of gratitude, leaves in his will his beautiful estate to a board of trustees, directing them to develop and maintain the estate as a public hospital. The board, anxious to carry out the wishes of their late friend and neighbor, choose an architect (let it be hoped), and he is given the problem of making this beautiful home into a well

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