Medicine: Case of the Missing Hospital

The people of Houston went to the polls last week and used their ballots to cure a strange malady—a perennial case of "one of our hospitals is missing." Beginning ten years ago, to care for the needy ill of the mushrooming oil-rich city and surrounding Harris County, $12 million was set aside. It was plain that Jefferson Davis Hospital was hopelessly inadequate. Overcrowding was rated a major factor this year in the deaths of 18 babies in a staphylococcus epidemic (TIME. March 31). Still no hospital was in sight.

Reason for the delay: like many another city with an influential medical school...

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