This volume, which is one of the publications of the White House Conference on Child Health and Protection, presents the material secured by a number of committees which studied the particular problems of hospitals and dispensaries, convalescent care and medical social service in relation to children.
The first section of the book is devoted to the study of hospitals and dispensaries in the United States. The two chief purposes of a hospital, the care of the sick and the education of professional and lay groups, form the basis for the questionnaires that were sent to the hospitals of the United States by the committee. The results of the study are revealing and interesting. It was found that the number of hospitals in the country is more than adequate. Also, although the number of beds assigned definitely for children is not proportionate to the entire bed capacity, many of the answers