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September 14, 1957


JAMA. 1957;165(2):160-164. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980200040013

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REPORT OF JOINT COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION OF HOSPITALS  The August, 1957, bulletin of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (660 N. Rush St., Chicago; Kenneth B. Babcock, M.D., director) is reproduced here for the information it contains that will be of interest to many physicians.—Ed.To provide quality care for patients in hospitals, scientific tools are a necessity for both diagnosis and treatment. Although the extent and complexity of these facilities depend upon the needs of the patients whom the hospital aims to serve, no hospital can be without basic laboratory and radiological services.

Clinical Laboratory  In every hospital there should be a well organized, adequately supervised clinical laboratory with the necessary space, facilities and equipment to perform those services commensurate with the hospital's needs for its patients.Good personnel and supervision are very important factors. It would be ideal if every hospital had its own pathologist. This

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