Medicine: Rural Hospitals

The need and value of rural hospitals in the U. S. have been so great that the Department of Agriculture has made a national survey, the report of which it made public last week.

Iowa 17 years ago started a movement for them. Its legislature realized that maternity and infant mortality was far greater than need be, passed a law permitting counties to levy taxes for county hospitals. Since then 16 other states have followed this excellent example.

In the U. S. annually 750,000 women go through childbirth without medical attention. Most of them live...

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