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September 14, 1889

LETTER FROM LONDON.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(11):394-396. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401080034008

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Abstract

(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)

London Hospitals and their Management—The Metropolitan Water Companies' Filter Beds—Spirone in the Treatment of Consumption—The use of Poison for Criminal Purposes in India—The Deathrate of London—Miscellaneous Topics.

The Government has pledged itself to take into consideration the whole question of the London hospitals and their management. Lord Sandhurst in a speech showed that ample room exists for searching inquiry. It is undoubtedly the case that the multiplication of "special" hospitals during recent years has seriously diminished the incomes of the older institutions. This is a grave matter in itself, but it becomes graver still if it be true that the "special" hospitals are prone to extravagance. Sir Andrew Clarke's fancy sketch of the "Hospital for the Treatment of the Diseases of the Great Toe" has a good deal of truth at the back of its irony. It is not easy to see what the Government can

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