To the Editor:—
May I be permitted to compliment Dr. C. M. Hasselmann for the accuracy on the figures of the hospital beds available at Erlangen University. These figures correspond closely with those I gave (J. A. M. A. 138: 380 [Oct. 2] 1948), except for the beds available in dermatology and dentistry. In my computation, which was based on data of 1947, the total number of teaching beds available was 1,522. In Dr. Hasselmann's statement the total beds available are 1,629. The phrase "totally erroneous" is hardly warranted. I have been informed that additional facilities have been constructed since 1947. It should be added that German teaching facilities were not "maligned" in my paper.
Dr. Hasselmann's letter was submitted to Dr. Guttentag, whose comment follows: