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November 15, 1952

WHAT IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

JAMA. 1952;150(11):1095-1096. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680110035010
Abstract

The advent of the various 24 hour emergency call plans, sponsored by numerous county medical societies throughout the nation, is one of the major advances of public service projects by organized medicine. The plans overcome criticism that a physician is not available for emergency house calls. The swift growth of such emergency call plans has been described by the Council on Medical Service of the American Medical Association.1

Because of its geographic location on the island of Manhattan of the City of New York, the Medical Society of the County of New York probably handles the greatest volume of emergency medical calls of any county society in the country. In addition to 2,000,000 permanent residents of Manhattan, some 17,000,000 persons visit the city annually as transients. Most of the latter stay in Manhattan hotels. In the calendar year of 1951, more than 4,500 house calls were made by 250

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