An Army general hospital is but one of the many units of the Medical Department of the Army. As such it plays its specialized part in carrying out the purpose of the Medical Department, viz., the affording of better facilities than can be provided in station hospitals for the care and disposition of those patients requiring prolonged, special and definitive treatment. General hospitals are of two types, numbered and named. The numbered general hospitals function in the theater of operations, while the named general hospitals are located in the zone of the interior. Patients admitted to the latter fall into three groups: first, military personnel attached to the institution itself, in all, a small fraction of the total number admitted; second, patients transferred from station hospitals in the adjacent area, and third, oversea evacuees. Because general hospitals are designated for the care of military personnel requiring prolonged and definitive
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