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July 13, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(2):114. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470280038005

It seems that in England a disagreement between the managers and the medical staff at the National Hospital for the Paralyzed and Epileptic1 has resulted in a free, general discussion of the question of hospital management, with particular reference to the relations between the lay managers and the medical staff. The Practitioner devotes its number for June to a "symposium" on the subject, the opinions of a considerable number of representative persons interested in hospitals in one capacity or another having been secured. The vital question is whether hospitals should be wholly under lay management or whether the medical staff should not also have a voice in the government. Mr. Burford-Rawlings2 set up the claim that the medical element should be entirely excluded from any part in hospital government. The reasons advanced by the gentleman in support of this view can not be considered as reflecting much credit