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May 12, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(2):201. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670020123015

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Included in the present report on Hospital Service in the United States is a section devoted to medical technology, x-ray technique, physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical record library science. These services have become essential adjuncts in the hospitalization and care of the sick and are steadily increasing in demand. Shortages of well trained technical personnel exist in all divisions and have been termed critical in some fields particularly in view of present emergency needs and the additional demands created by new and advanced methods of therapy and rehabilitation. For many years the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals and the national organizations representing the various technical fields have cooperated closely in the development, organization and standardization of acceptable training programs and have made every effort to encourage the establishment of additional schools in hospitals, colleges and universities whenever suitable facilities are available. The need in physical therapy and occupational

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