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June 5, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(23):1785. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670490047028

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To the Editor:  —We have read with a great deal of interest the article by Christian (The Journal, May 15) entitled "Selecting a Hospital for Internship."At the outset, we wish to subscribe heartily to the statements as to the importance of necropsies and their value as a teaching medium, both for the staff and for the interns. The Newark Beth Israel Hospital, with an active 125 bed general service, of which about 60 per cent are ward beds, is supported by the Jewish Community but is nonsectarian in its policies, treating about 45 per cent of non-Jewish patients. During the year 1925 there were 182 deaths in the hospital, in thirty-eight of which, or 20.9 per cent of all deaths (both private and ward), necropsies were held.Realizing the importance of necropsies and desirous of getting a greater percentage of our deaths to the postmortem room, we undertook a

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