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The impact of recent health legislation has served to focus attention on the health-care delivery system in the community hospital and to render consequential to the practitioner material that recently exercised only those professionally identified with the field of public health. Since the overwhelming majority of the 7,000 hospitals in the United States are community hospitals, a comparative study between an American small town hospital, the Thayer Hospital in Waterville, Maine, and a Scottish hospital in Arboath that has been shaped by the forces of the National Health Service is of more than casual interest to the American physician. The
Custom and Practice in Medical Care.. Ann Intern Med. ;69:643–644. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-69-3-643
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;69(3):643-644.
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