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February 20, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(8):568. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670340046023

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Hospital Extension in Berlin  Professor Hoffmann, director of the central public health bureau of Berlin, has outlined the problems concerned with the hospital service. Municipal, private and state hospitals are all filled nearly to capacity. Greater Berlin has 21,700 beds in institutions for the sick, including orphan asylums and municipal shelters—more than five beds for each thousand inhabitants. This proportion was adequate in the prewar period, though some cities had six and seven beds per thousand inhabitants. Difficult housing and living conditions, notwithstanding the favorable status of the general health, account for the hospitals of Berlin being nearly always filled to capacity. Surgical and medical adult departments are especially crowded. The Zentral-Bettennachweis is kept informed by telephone of the beds available in the various hospitals, and thus far this central bureau has usually been able to meet demands for hospital accommodations. The difficulties will, however, increase as the population of

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