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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1978 August; 28(193): 485–491.
PMCID: PMC2158913

The vital role of the cottage community hospital


The history of general-practitioner hospitals is reviewed and a case made for their retention and extension. Among the advantages they provide are: a local service for patients, less expensive hospital care than is possible in a district general hospital, less travelling expenses for patients, valuable postgraduate education for doctors, and improvement of general-practitioner morale.

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