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June 19, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(25):1930. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670510052031

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To the Editor:  —Unfortunately, some institutions have felt that, not being included in the table which accompanies my paper entitled "Selecting a Hospital for an Internship" in The Journal, May 15, indicates that they may not be acceptable for internship. The table covers only a few cities and serves merely as an example of how the percentage of necropsies may be a guide to the quality of the work of a hospital.There are numerous hospitals in the country, not included in the table, that have a 25 per cent or greater percentage of necropsies. All such should be regarded as acceptable for an internship. Prospective interns should make inquiry of any hospital under consideration as to its number of deaths and number of necropsies per annum, among other information sought; any hospital should be willing to give this information.

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