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August 22, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(8):552-553. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730080044020

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Second International Hospital Congress in Vienna  The second International Hospital Congress, which met in Vienna in June, brought a large number of medical men from thirty-four different countries to this city to discuss problems of management, building and administration of hospitals and the best methods of treatment of patients. Some of the most important papers may be of interest, although presented in a brief abstract. After the welcome extended to the visitors by Professor Tandler and Dr. Resch in the name of the republic and its capital, the transactions were quickly entered into.An investigation into the costs of building hospitals, comparing the expenditure for such constructions in Germany, Great Britain and the United States, reported by Distel, C. Elcock and E. F. Stevens, respectively, shows that the bed can be used as a unit for estimating such costs. Each bed requires from 900 to 1,500 cubic feet of space;

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