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March 10, 1951


JAMA. 1951;145(10):737-738. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920280049014

STATEMENT BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES NIGHT AND EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEMS  The Board of Trustees is pleased to report that local medical societies have made excellent progress in establishing night and emergency call plans during the past three years. In the summer of 1948, a national survey showed 60 such plans in operation. In February 1951, only two and one-half years later, another survey revealed that there are 329 night and emergency call plans established and functioning.While these plans vary greatly according to the size of the community, they all have the same purpose—to guarantee that the people of the community can obtain a doctor at any time of the day or night, any day in the year. The systems are so efficient that even in New York County, which operates the largest emergency call system in the country, it requires no more than seven or eight minutes to

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