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April 1, 1939

ANNUAL CONGRESS ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND LICENSURE

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New Orleans, in the Chair

JAMA. 1939;112(13):1286-1288. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.62800130015028

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Abstract

COUNCIL ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND HOSPITALS  February 14—Morning

The Program of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene  Dr. Clarence M. Hincks, New York: For thirty years the National Committee for Mental Hygiene, thanks to the support of philanthropic citizens and great foundations, has been enabled to conduct surveys, to support research, to set up experimental demonstrations and to be active in the field of health education. There was organized three years ago the Mental Hospital Survey Committee. Dr. Samuel W. Hamilton, Dr. Grover Kempf and others connected with the group conducted studies in forty states, affecting 169 hospitals, and made surveys in three Canadian provinces.A number of mental hospitals have attained creditable standards and compare favorably with the better general hospitals of the country, but there are institutions with arrangements that are utterly inadequate and that are a discredit to present day civilization. The average ratio of medical personnel

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