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June 11, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(24):2143-2144. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730500109013

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Our federal hospitals have today a total capacity of 69,170 beds and 391 bassinets. Of these, the hospitals of the Veterans' Administration have a total capacity of 28,454 beds. These institutions are located, as will be seen from the report on page 2064 in this issue of The Journal, in various parts of the United States. There are thirteen states which do not have any veterans' hospitals. As is stated in our editorial on hospitals, the number of vacant beds in private institutions is cause for great concern to all those associated with the maintenance of these hospitals. Previous editorials in The Journal have indicated the desirability that these beds be utilized by the Veterans' Administration for the care of veterans who are awaiting admission to its hospitals, and particularly for the care of general medical and surgical cases with a view to making available in veterans' hospitals beds for

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