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December 1, 1900

COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL AND POLITICS.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(22):1412-1413. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460480032003

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Abstract

The Cook County Hospital, of Chicago, occupies a unique position among institutions of a similar character in that its various medical, surgical and other services are more or less equally apportioned among regular physicians, so-called homeopaths and eclectics, the basis of apportionment being the supposed relative number of each of these species of medical men in Cook County, which includes Chicago. The hospital has three distinct and separate attending staffs, regular, homeopathic and eclectic. The institution has been managed along strict political lines. The various "jobs" in the hospital constitute a goodly share of available quid pro quo of the political faction in power. The anomalous division of the services is the outgrowth of this pernicious system. The management is in the hands of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County; this board is an unwieldy body of fifteen, all of whom are elected by popular vote every two years.

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