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March 1944


Author Affiliations

Resident Surgeon, Wills Hospital PHILADELPHIA

Arch Ophthalmol. 1944;31(3):211-213. doi:10.1001/archopht.1944.00890030041004

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This survey of the emergency room cases at Wills Hospital was originally undertaken to determine the relative value of the service in experience and training to the resident surgeon. The study serves the additional purpose of recording the incidence and type of the so-called accident ward cases of a specialized hospital and may perhaps be of value from the standpoint of teaching.

INSTITUTION AND LOCALITY  The Wills Hospital at present is the largest hospital in the United States devoted entirely to diseases of the eye. Its annual rate of admission of inpatients is 3,624, and the admissions to its outpatient clinics number approximately 132,000 each year, of which 32,000 represent new cases.The city of Philadelphia is the third largest in the country, with a population of 1,950,961 in 1930 and of 1,931,554 in 1940. With the onset of the present war and the tremendous increase in heavy industry, the

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