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November 7, 1914

THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDYING THE ACTUAL CONDITION OF HOSPITAL AIR

JAMA. 1914;LXIII(19):1621-1623. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02570190005003
Abstract

Few questions in air conditioning have been more extensively and even acrimoniously discussed in recent years than that of hospital ventilation. We hear on the one hand that costly ventilating plants have altogether failed and that the only way to keep a hospital in good condition is to abandon fan ventilation and admit fresh air by way of the windows. On the other hand, there are signs of a reaction in certain quarters against this view and we hear whispers that even in the most advanced window ventilated hospitals conditions are by no means always ideal, particularly at night and when the superintendent is not in the wards.

Architects and engineers, to say nothing of hospital trustees, find themselves buffeted about in a most confusing manner between confident and contradictory disputants. Ventilating plants which cost many thousands of dollars are lying idle and new hospitals are being built without any

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