This week we present the fifth annual compilation of statistics regarding hospital service in the United States. Although similar statistics have been compiled and published in special bulletins since 1914 by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, the first regular hospital number of The Journal did not appear until in 1921, and contained statistics based on a special survey made during 1920. A hospital number of The Journal has been issued each subsequent year with the exception of 1924, when the date of issuance was advanced to early in 1925. These statistics have become more extensive as the work has progressed, and this year they are exceptionally elaborate and complete.
HOSPITALS ESTABLISHED IN FIVE YEARS
New hospitals have been established averaging about 100 each year, the total number in the five years being 508. State maps are again published similar to those in 1920. On these maps the open