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October 23, 1948

Hospital Care in the United States: A Study of the Function of the General Hospital, Its Role in the Care of All Types of Illness, and the Conduct of Activities Related to Patient Service, with Recommendations for Its Extension and Integration for More Adequate Care of the American Public

JAMA. 1948;138(8):622-623. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900080080032

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This book has a little of everything within its covers. It is authoritative, well written, well designed; it presents conclusions and recommendations first, and it has a full section for almost every special interest in the field of hospital care.

The book is divided into eight sections. Section 1 covers "the organization, objectives, purpose, and method of study of the Commission on Hospital Care," set up by the American Hospital Association. Section 2 presents the one hundred and eighty-one conclusions and recommendations of the study, each with a reference to fuller treatment in the text.

Section 3 contains what will be the meat of the report for the typical reader. The most interesting discussion in this section is that dealing with the role of the general hospital. In the opinion of the Commission, the general hospital should expand its services in all directions, specifically to provide more facilities for acute

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