Medicine: Nursing Homes

BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY ESTATE IDEAL FOR

REST HOME.

Such ads are a familiar sight on the real-estate pages of U.S. newspapers, and every year more private houses are converted into small nursing homes for oldsters and invalids. There are now about 7,700 such homes in the U.S., caring for nearly 150,000 people. But many of the "beautiful country estates'' are firetraps, inadequately adapted for hospital use. Grim evidence of that fact was furnished last week in Puxico, Mo. There, in a 50-year-old wood-frame house. Mrs. Bertha Reagan, 53, a practical nurse, ran a convalescent home that technically conformed to state laws even though there...

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