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April 16, 1932

Association News

JAMA. 1932;98(16):1381-1385. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730420039018

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Abstract

ANNUAL CONGRESS ON MEDICAL EDUCATION, MEDICAL LICENSURE AND HOSPITALS  Twenty-Eighth Annual Meeting, held in Chicago, Feb. 15 and 16, 1932Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, Washington, D. C., in the ChairCOUNCIL ON MEDICAL EDUCATION AND HOSPITALSFebruary 15—Morning

THE FUNCTIONS OF THE HOSPITAL 

Fundamental Place of the Hospital in the Practice of Medicine  Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, Washington, D. C.: Roughly, in the United States, we have three billions of dollars of capital invested in hospitals alone and are spending two hundred millions a year for construction. Broadly speaking, the public owns the hospitals. As a group, it is impossible for them to succeed as ordinary business institutions. Only certain private hospitals that are specially favored can operate with some small profit. The advance of medicine, with its many new requirements of facilities and equipment and the wearing out of materials, compels most hospitals to be either replaced or remodeled

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