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January 30, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(5):363-364. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670310045022

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Threatened Curtailments in Vienna Hospitals  The physicians of the Vienna hospitals, and more particularly of the Allgemeines Krankenhaus, or general hospital, became aroused recently over the report that the government was planning a reduction in the number of physicians attached to state hospitals. It was no secret that the reason for the proposed changes was that a number of chief physicians, through their liberal views and their expressions on religious and political subjects, had incurred the displeasure of the government, and that this means was to be taken to get rid of them, together with their assistants. It was planned, therefore, to close the wards or departments conducted by the offending heads or to combine them with the remaining clinics. If this idea had been carried out, a large number of young physicians would have been deprived of practical training, because here changes in the staff are easily accomplished, whereas

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