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August 26, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(9):722-723. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740340074020

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Reorganization of the Public Health Service of Berlin  The activities of the executive director of the public health service (at present, the state commissar, Dr. Klein) deal with six main departments: hospital service, psychiatric service, public welfare, emergency service, general administration, financial administration. There are twenty-six municipal hospitals, with 14,000 beds, and in addition twenty-four private hospitals, with 7,000 beds, together with forty-four smaller private clinics and sanatoriums, with 4,000 beds. In all Berlin, therefore, there is a total of 25,000 beds, or seven beds for each thousand inhabitants. The municipal institutions, Dr. Klein stated, have at present many vacant beds, with the exception of the Rudolf Virchow-Krankenhaus, which will accommodate 2,750 patients and has no vacant beds. In addition, there are four municipal therapeutic and care-taking institutions, with 7,000 beds, and special homes for idiotic children and psychopaths; also several infirmaries for chronic patients and aged persons. In Berlin

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