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August 21, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(17):1520. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690350062023

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Public Health Trends.  —At a public meeting (Svenska läkartidningen, May 7, 1954) attended by the Swedish Minister for the Interior and by the head of the Swedish Ministry of Health data were quoted to show what progress has been made in recent years in public health and allied problems. Between 1930 and 1953, the number of hospital beds has increased from 42,000 to 60,000. At the same time the turnover in hospital patients has become more rapid; in 1930 the average length of stay in an ordinary hospital was 24 days, whereas the corresponding figure for 1952 was 14.4 days. This change is due primarily to the great advances in medical science. In 1927 there were 7,700 deaths from tuberculosis, whereas in 1952 there were only 1,290. In 1946 the number of new students enrolling in medical schools was only 195. In 1948 the Swedish Parliament approved the building of

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