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May 16, 1959


JAMA. 1959;170(3):335. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010030079025

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New Surgeon General.—  Major Gen. Leonard D. Heaton has been named surgeon general to succeed Major Gen. Silas B. Hays whose term expired on April 30. General Heaton, who was commanding general of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, operated on the President for ileitis in 1956.


Cord Injury Center.—  One of the most complete hospital facilities ever designed for care of patients with spinal cord injuries is now in operation at the Veterans Administration hospital at Long Beach, Calif. This spinal cord injury center cares for 205 patients in the hospital and for 980 outpatients, and it has a separate section to handle visits of former patients who are working at various jobs in the area. The facilities for paraplegic and quadriplegic patients occupy the first floor and lower level of a new 296,000-sq. ft. expansion of the hospital, which replaced 20 temporary buildings on the site.

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