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The medical staff and administrative officers of a hospital must concern themselves alike with its interior composition and outer conditions. A hospital, like a patient, has an inside which must be studied with the purpose of altering and discovering theory and practice of its healthy service and development. In a healthy, smoothly functioning hospital:
Physicians and surgeons have every facility and encouragement to diagnose and treat disease.
Patients can rest in comfort and as individuals be understood and reasonably satisfied.
Professional and administrative methods and procedures can be continuously watched over, controlled and qualitatively analyzed.
Patients can be instructed in the simple practices of hygiene and the special measures to be carried out at home, such as dieting, exercise and prevention of disease.
The condition of discharged patients can be observed by periodic "follow-up" service.
Physicians and nurses can learn and teach.
GOLUB JJ. THE STUDY AND SUPERINTENDENCE OF HOSPITAL PROCEDURES: SUGGESTING THE CREATION OF A SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL STAFF AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS FOR THE PURPOSE. JAMA. 1939;112(5):417–420. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800050031007
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