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October 10, 1959


JAMA. 1959;171(6):845-846. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010240213018

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The Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association cooperate in joint mailing of their annual questionnaires on hospital programs. Most physicians are probably unaware that the statistics gathered in this manner by the American Hospital Association are published in August in the Guide Issue of Hospitals. Repeated here are highlights from the tables in the report on Hospital Statistics for 1958:

"The 6,786 hospitals in the continental United States reported a total of 1,572,036 beds. The total number of admissions to these hospitals was 23,697,157. Since some individuals may have been admitted more than once, the total number of persons receiving hospital care during the year is unknown. The estimated average number of patients in all hospitals each day was 1,322,938, an occupancy of 84.2 per cent. A total of 3,742,028 births was recorded by 4,992 of the hospitals. Hospitals with

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