I have selected this subject for joint discussion in this obstetric-pediatric symposium because it offers controversial material for our consideration which carries with it responsibilities of interest to the obstetrician, the pediatrician and the man in general practice. A discussion such as this would not be inclusive unless one considers the newborn nursery as found in the large general hospital with both open and closed staffs, the special lying-in hospital, and the local hospitals widely scattered in the smaller cities throughout the various states.
Only a few of our larger cities can support a special maternity hospital and therefore it becomes necessary for the general hospital to establish special departments for obstetric cases which must provide the best care possible for the mothers and their babies. Many of our hospitals were built in the past, when hospital deliveries represented 25 or 30 per cent of a community's total deliveries, and
HESS JH. THE NEWBORN NURSERY FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE PEDIATRICIAN. JAMA. 1940;115(18):1542–1544. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810440034007
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