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By 1900 general hospitals became worthwhile treatment facilities and were patronized by persons in the middle class. This clientele enabled the general hospital to become a largely self-sufficient service agency. Capital funds were provided by philanthropists and community fund drives. The public-supported hospitals, however, inherited too much of the stigma of their previous function as custodians of an assortment of both well and sick destitute persons to become the hospital for the middle and upper classes. The poor in America, unlike those in Europe, were a minority of the population. Thus, the public hospitals continued to be the primary repository
City Hospitals: The Undercare of the Underprivileged.. Ann Intern Med. 1983;98:430. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-3-430_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(3):430.
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