The General Hospital The idea that comparisons are odious is accepted rather loosely by all of us. Once in a while there comes a comparison comparison which, rather than being odious in the strict sense of the word, points up to our attention something we’ve never appreciated appreciated as a tact . . . something we’ve criticized, probably a bit thoughtlessly. Such is the comparison contained in a letter received a few days ago by Harry J. Smith4 superintendent of the General General Hospital of Monroe County. It not only speaks for itself, itself, but says something we should all acknowledge with the just pride of citizens who helped create such an institution. Here it is: T AMI M ENT, 7 East 15th Street, New York 3, N. Y. Dear Mr. Smith: Ever since I left your hospital where I was a patient from September 18th to October 23rd, 1950, I wanted to write you this note of thanks and appreciation. My own convalescence, but more particularly my wife’s very serious illness and ail the attendant anxiety about her critical condition. condition. prevented me from doing it sooner. * I greatly appreciated the courtesy and kindness shown me by yourself as well as every member of your staff', and was especially impressed with the courtesy, friendliness and devotion your nurses exhibited in their attention not just to me alone, but to all the patients, as I had occasion to observe. I realized then how different your friendly attitude and your nurses attention towards your patients was from that of the administration and nurses of many New York City hospitals. hospitals. 1 have for the past seven weeks come in contact with the administration and personnel of two wellknown hospitals in New York City and I am surprised and chagrined at the crass and mercenary attitude of some administrations and the “hard boiled” and callous behavior of so many nurses. One is forced to the unhappy conclusion that the men who built each of these magnificent edifices forgot to put a heart into it. Your institution, as well as your personnel, friendly and honestly devoted to helping the sick, stands out as a shining light by comparison. Very sincerely yours, LEON J. MALLON.