Surgery: Get Up & Get Out

Convalescence, once a slow and leisurely period, keeps getting shorter. For highly practical reasons, surgeons continue to cut down the time their patients spend recuperating in the hospital. For one thing, the faster a patient goes home, the less likely he is to pick up a secondary infection from others in the hospital. For another, home atmosphere is considered more conducive to healing in many cases. Most pressing these days is the scarcity of hospital beds. The shorter the average hospital stay, the faster a bed becomes available to others.

Last week, in the A.M.A. Journal, Drs. Arthur Innes, Arline Grant...

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