The report of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals published in this issue of The Journal again reveals the vast hospital facilities available in the United States for the care of the sick and injured. Their magnitude is revealed in the impressive totals of 6,128 registered hospitals treating on an average 944,436 patients daily and more than ten million patients a year exclusive of those aided in the outpatient clinics.
To the medical profession the term "welfare of patients" has a meaning that goes far beyond the immediate care of the sick. It encompasses the aims of preventive medicine and public health, the problems of social and mental hygiene, health education, clinical and laboratory research, innovations in therapy and, above all, the preservation and continuity of medical practice through the education of young physicians.
Hospital practice and medical education go hand in hand. Each depends on the other and