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When Hunterdon, New Jersey, determined to have a hospital, its citizens and those of the surrounding communities began their plans by making a serious survey of what kind of medical service they wanted. They then raised the necessary sum of money, and proceeded to achieve the ends which they desired.
This book, by the physician who was director of the project for five years, tells the story from the inside of the days of policy formulation, fund raising, design, programming, through those of equipping, staffing, and operating. Full emphasis has been given to such subjects as medical relationships between full-time salaried specialists and general practitioners, health center activities of a voluntary hospital, the beginnings of the community mental health program, the multiple screening program.
The book is of importance to persons concerned with the relationship of university and community medicine, with the relationship of general practitioner and specialist, to persons concerned with the general health of a community; and it shows the way for planners of new hospitals, particularly in such matters as letting parents be near their children when they are sick.