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March 18, 1950


JAMA. 1950;142(11):822-823. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910290050015

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)March 13, 1950.

Reforms May Result from Military Hospital Inquiry  Observers believe that significant changes, affecting civilian as well as military medicine, may result from the current congressional investigation precipitated by an order closing five Army and Navy hospitals and reducing 13 others in size. The investigating committee, headed by Chairman L. Mendel Rivers (Democrat, South Carolina), was scheduled to leave Washington March 13 on a 12 day inspection of the hospitals ordered deactivated by the Department of Defense. On the return of the House members, it will be decided whether public hearings will be continued on such questions as medical care of service-men's dependents, relationship of military hospitals with medical schools, employment of civilian consultants, hospitalization of veterans in Army and Navy facilities and improved coordination of hospital construction planning.The itinerary of the Rivers committee includes a one day visit to Percy

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