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REPORT OF SUBCOMMITTEE ON SURGICAL CONVALESCENCE OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE OF THE NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE

Adrian V. S. Lambert; Frederick Bancroft; Ransom S. Hooker; Henry H. M. Lyle; Alexis V. Moschcowitz; James I. Russell; J. Bentley Squier; George G. Ward; Armitage Whitman
Arch Surg. 1926;12(2):601-603. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1926.01130020152009.
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I. DEFINITION OF A CONVALESCENT HOME  After considerable discussion the committee felt that a convalescent home should be considered as a place where patients who are recovering from an acute illness may spend the time necessary for them to return to economic efficiency. The time required naturally will depend on the state of the patient's health and the nature of his or her preceeding illness. This cannot be measured in months, weeks or days, and the time element should be left elastic. The only criterion for admission to a convalescent home should be that any individual patient will in time completely regain his or her strength and not become a permanent burden or inmate of such a home.

II. NEED OF INSTITUTIONAL CONVALESCENCE  During the convalescent period it is felt that for the majority of ward patients, institutions for their care are preferable to their homes, as the latter do

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