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To the Editor:
—The popularity of the hospital, especially the voluntary hospital, with all classes of the community, is a sociological phenomenon characteristic of our own generation. Time was when people who were sick remained at home with their families and were content to be treated in a modest way, both financially and scientifically, by the practitioner and an occasional consultant, unless they were suffering from a condition which required the highly technical facilities of a hospital. In those days a woman would frown on the suggestion of her physician to go to a hospital for the purpose of having her baby, and he would find considerable difficulty in convincing her that it was for her good rather than for his convenience.One would expect that with the increase in the number of patients congregated in wards of large hospitals there would be a corresponding reduction in the expenditure for
Bluestone EM. HOSPITAL COSTS IN HARD TIMES. JAMA. 1933;100(14):1127–1128. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740140051026
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