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Average Number of Jewish Incurables in New York Institutions is 1904

July 15, 1928
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The average number of Jewish patients, chronically sick, who are cared for in municipal and private philan-thropic institutions in New York City is 1904 a day. This fact was brought out by the Jewish Communal Survey of Greater New York, undertaken in 1925.

The Committee on Health, headed by Fred M. Stein as chariman, made public yesterday its findings in an effort to determine the extent of the problem confronting the New York Jewish community with regard to affording medical treatment, food and shelter to persons who are usually refused adminsion to general hospitals and asylums because of the chronic character of their illness. These patients demanding the special attention of the communitty, the Survey points out, are made up of various ypes of cases, requiring medical and surgical care, and treatment for tuberculosis, cancer and neurological diseases.

The study on chronics, the first of its kind undertaken in New York City by the Jewish community, shows that the chronically ill are in municipal hospitals, in private homes with their families, at homes for the aged and at special hospitals.

The extent of the problem of providing for the chronically ill, as well as other data necessary for communal planning for the next decade by the Jewish community, is being made available by the Bureau of Jewish Social Research, which made the study. Samuel A. Goldsmith, Executive Director of the Bureau, is in charge of the social workers making the study and Michael M. Davis was the consultant in the study on the chronically ill.

General hospitals designed for acute diseases confine their work to their field and do not care for any noticeable proportion of chronic cases. the Survey finds. This is as it should be, the Survey states, pointing out at the same time that the community must plan definitely for the permanently invalided patient. a problem whose true importance it states has been recognized only lately.

Henry Moses, trustee of Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases. is chairman of the sub-committee on the chronic sick. Also engaged in preparing the recommendations affectings this group and presenting the findings for action by the institutions concerned are Jacob Siegel, President of the Daughters of Israel, who is chairman of the sub-committee on the aged; Mrs. A Werbelovsky, president of the Brooklyn Hebrew Home and Hospital; Mrs. Max B. Marks, vice-president of the same home; Mrs. Bessie Bernstein, vice-president of the Home of the Daughters of Jacob; and Malvin Gutman, of the Home for the Aged and Infirm Hebrews.

The announcement made public yesterday is the first of a series by the Committee on Health, one of the six sub-committees constituting the Citizens’ Committee of the Survey, organized to outline a plan for the future of Jewish communal effort in health, child care, recreation, Jewish education, family welfare and community organization. The Committee on Health will make its recommendations in the fall. The Survey has concerned itself basically with a study of the Jewish population, statistics on Jewish birth and mortality rates and population trends having been issued several months ago under the chairmanship of Dr. Lee K. Frankel, who headed the Executive Committee of the S

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