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November 4, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(19):1493-1494. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740440053022

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No Retrenchment in Physicians' Work in Hospitals  Hospital administrators are no doubt convinced that they have for some time reached the limit in economizing, and hence they have refrained from further retrenchments. Little attention, however, appears to have been given to the fact that the hospital personnel, and particularly the physicians, has been burdened almost beyond endurance. Retrenchment has necessarily been associated with the danger of a lowering of standards. It has been almost unavoidable that, owing to the increase in the large amount of paper work and the abandonment of many measures more or less important in department administration, in the laboratories, in the radiologic department and elsewhere, the real personal work with the patient has been cut short. In this connection, special significance is attached to an annual report of the surgical department of the hospital "Bergmannsheil" in Bochum, for the year 1931, which was recently rendered by

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