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January 23, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(4):261-263. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670300023006

Beekman Street Hospital was reorganized in the spring of 1924. When the new staff decided to devote more attention to the care of industrial patients, it was believed necessary that they should receive physical therapy. I was asked to organize and take charge of the new department. The original space allotted for the department was about 1,100 square feet, and this was sufficient for about nine months, when plans had to be made to enlarge it. At present even the new department of 1,900 square feet is proving to be too small. When space is considered in planning a department of physical therapy, it always would be wise to make the minimum 2,000 square feet, even in a small hospital of 100 beds. It is particularly difficult to expand a department, as the wiring and arrangement of apparatus should be planned originally to last for a long time.

The apparatus