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March 15, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(11):1146-1147. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820110110014

A new attitude is apparently influencing recent medical surveys. In the past these have been conducted too largely by persons without medical training who were mainly concerned in laying the groundwork for an argument for some sort of profound change in medical service. The first extensive survey to secure the wide cooperation of all those sufficiently concerned with medical matters to have specific information was the one conducted by the American Medical Association on "Medical Care in the United States—Demand and Supply."

The survey of Rochester, N. Y., by Dr. Wilson G. Smillie is an example of the new and much more valuable type of survey that it is hoped may displace the old ones.1 A collection of the factual data as to existing facilities for the care of the sick in 1930, 1935 and 1940 showed the existence of certain definite trends: (1) an increase in hospitalization cost