Conclusions of value may be obtained by a general review of the results of medical service extending over a series of years. The nature of such conclusions, and their relations to the practice of medicine, must evidently depend not merely upon the number of the observations, but also upon the mode in which they were recorded.
The writer has served in the Charity Hospital of New Orleans, Louisiana, from January i, 1869, to April 1, 1870, and since that time to April 1, 1886, six months of each year, from the 1st of October to the 1st of April; and during this period, extending over eighteen years, he has kept a careful record of the names, ages, and nativity of the patients, diagnosis, and the final results of the cases treated by him in the wards of the hospital. During this period the total number of cases of disease under
DISEASES AND DEATHS OCCURRING IN THE MEDICAL SERVICE OF JOSEPH JONES, M.D., 1869-1886, IN THE CHARITY HOSPITAL OF NEW ORLEANS, LA. WITH PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. JAMA. 1886;VII(5):113–119. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250070121001
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