Again, for the twenty-seventh consecutive year, a net increase of more than 20,000 hospital beds has occurred. The average annual increase in hospital facilities over that period has been 25,024 beds. The total number of patients treated in hospitals in 1936 reached 8,646,885, and the total patient days 332,516,856. Patients were received for hospital care at the rate of sixteen to the minute, and 831,500 babies were born in hospitals during the year. These figures make us realize the extent to which the practice of medicine is being transferred to hospitals.
Ninety-seven per cent of all the registered hospitals in the United States responded to the census, and the information which they supplied gave evidences of a degree of completeness and accuracy never before obtained in such a survey. The response represented more than 99.5 per cent of the hospital capacity in the United States.
Acknowledgment is made here of