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December 6, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(23):640-641. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390720024008

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London, November, 1884.

Mr. Elliott, vice-chairman of the Islington Board of Guardians, at a meeting of that body stated that on making inquiries the other day he found that at the Western Hospital of the Metropolitan Asylums' Board there was only one patient under treatment, whilst the officers' salaries, uniforms, etc., of that single hospital were costing the rate-payers £4,000 a year. Since then two other fever patients had been admitted, so that the hospital was now being kept open for three patients, at the cost of about £80 a week. Several members remarked upon the great extravagance of the Asylums' Board and waste of the rate-payers' money, in keeping the hospital open at such an enormous cost for two or three patients.

Dr. S. Rabbeth, senior Medical Officer of the Royal Free Hospital, in Gray's-inn road, died in that institution on Monday night, in consequence of a too-zealous devotion

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