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To the Editor:—
I have just read the item entitled "Hospital Management Called Uneconomical," which appeared in Washington News of the December 8 issue of The Journal, which purports to be the reporting of a talk I gave at the Annual Conference of the Maryland-District of Columbia-Delaware Hospital Association in Washington, D. C., on Nov. 26.I cannot let go unchallenged the very poor reporting in this article. I feel that the statement reflects unfairly on hospitals and hospital administrators and is a gross distortion of my talk and that I must try to correct the erroneous statements and quotations attributed to me. I wish to contradict flatly the opening statement that I believe "hospital management in general is uneconomical." I do not hold such a belief, nor did I express any such opinion at the meeting referred to or elsewhere. This is not to say that the management of
Fred A. McNamara. HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT. JAMA. 1952;148(6):490–491. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930060072026