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July 31, 1943


Author Affiliations

New York. Director, Montefiore Hospital, Chairman of the Committee.

JAMA. 1943;122(14):966-967. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840310058024

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To the Editor:—  Your readers will be glad to hear that the American Hospital Association has accepted a grant from the Research Council on Problems of Alcohol, a subsidiary of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has appointed a subcommittee of its Council on Professional Practice to study the problem of hospitalization and to make recommendations. The help of clinicians who have given thought to this problem will be very welcome.We have no cause for pride in this neglected field. Our hospitals are, indeed, organized in such an exclusive way that it would almost seem as if they had appointed themselves the representatives of the moral extremists in closing their doors to this peculiarly baffling malady. Every kind of patient has been provided for, in one type of hospital or other, including the patient with leprosy, whose traditional position in society as an outcast has not

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