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The primary function of a hospital is the care of the sick but teaching hospitals have the additional responsibility of conserving and expanding knowledge through educational endeavor and scientific research. They must be understood, supported, and protected by the community as well as the medical profession if the nation’s long-range interests in matters of health are to be best served. This important book, a collection of Lowell Lectures by authorities preeminent in their fields, examines the historical evolution of the teaching hospital and its current problems—financial, organizational, educational, social, and developmental.