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May 7, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(19):1669-1670. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730450063024

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The Development of the Municipal Hospitals  The development of what used to be called "infirmaries," because they were largely homes for the aged and infirm poor, into "municipal hospitals," tending to vie with the great voluntary hospitals, has been described in previous letters. This development has been accelerated in London by the passing in 1930 of the municipal hospitals from the control of local bodies to the central control of the London County Council, with its immense financial resources. The magnitude of this change is shown by the following figures: The council took over 18,000 beds for acute cases, 10,000 for chronic cases, 15,000 for infectious diseases, and 35,000 in mental hospitals. In the past, almost all the teaching and the advances made in medicine, with the exception of infectious and mental diseases, have been the work of the voluntary hospitals. But the equipment of some of the municipal hospitals

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