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JAMA. 1931;96(18):1479-1504. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720440027010.
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On March 4, 1931, an act was passed authorizing an appropriation of $20,877,000, to provide for the construction of hospitals and homes, and for the enlargement of existing hospitals and homes, for veterans entitled to such accommodations under the World War Veterans' Act, 1924, and under other acts.
S. 255 was passed by the Senate, Jan. 10, 1931. The House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, after modifying H. R. 12995 so as to insure the retention of the supervision and control of maternal and infant hygiene under the Children's Bureau and to prevent its passing under the supervision and control of the Public Health Service, substituted it for S. 255, which had previously been passed by the Senate, and recommended its enactment. The House passed the substitute bill, February 27. The bill died with the expiration of the Seventy-First Congress, March 4, without having come to a vote in the Senate.
Congress, March 4, 1931, authorized an appropriation of $20,877,000 for the construction of new veterans' hospitals and the enlargement of hospitals already in existence, and for the enlargement of the facilities of soldiers' homes.
This schedule was prepared by a special committee as follows: chairman, Kendric C. Babcock, Ph.D., provost of the University of Illinois, Urbana, formerly specialist in higher education, United States Bureau of Education, Washington, D. C.; George Gailey Chambers, Ph.D., entrance examiner, University of Pennsylvania; Theodore Hough, Ph.D., dean of the University of Virginia Department of Medicine; W. F. R. Phillips, M.D., professor of anatomy, Medical College of the State of South Carolina; N. P. Colwell, M.D., secretary of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals of the American Medical Association. Dr. Babcock, the chairman, was an active member of the Commission on Higher Institutions of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. At the time the committee was meeting, the University of Pennsylvania held the presidency of the Association of American Universities. As will be noted, therefore, the schedule was determined by very efficient representatives of the associations of colleges and universities.
These professors should have a definite responsibility in the conduct of the college, and their first and chief interest should be the training of medical students. It is suggested that four of these professors be placed at the head of the departments of (a) anatomy, (b) physiology and physiologic chemistry, (c) pathology and bacteriology, and (d) pharmacology and therapeutics. The other four might with advantage be assigned, one each, to (e) histology and embryology, under the department of anatomy, and to the department of (f) pathology and bacteriology, and (g) physiology and pharmacology, and to the departments of (h) either internal medicine or surgery.

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