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Medicine moves to the mall
Sloane, David Charles.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
xiii, 198 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
The evolving architecture of healthcare -- Machine medicine -- The medical workshop -- Mall medicine -- Humanizing the hospital -- Mini-mall medicine -- Shopping for health -- Orchestrating health.
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The shopping mall seems an unlikely place to go for health care services. Yet, the mall has become home to such services as well as a model for redesigning other health care facilities. In Medicine Moves to the Mall , David Charles Sloane and Beverlie Conant Sloane document the historical changes to our health care landscape by exploring the interactions between medicine and place. This unique combination of architectural history and the history of medicine provides a thought-provoking analysis of the geography of the practice of medicine.

The book presents three essays, each accompanied by a gallery of historical and recent photos. The authors discuss the rise of modern hospitals and how they were shaped into scientifically sterile and humanly stark "medical workshops." Starting in the 1970s, hospital facilities were altered in appearance to become more friendly and welcoming. The integration of a shopping mall's spaciousness and open design with technology and scientific innovation served in "humanizing the hospital." Most recently, the accessibility and convenience of shopping center and roadside clinics have invited Americans to go "shopping for health" in the increasingly commercialized medical system.

Medicine Moves to the Mall will appeal to scholars and professionals in fields ranging from health care to cultural geography and from urban studies to architectural history, as well as to readers interested in the shifting status of medicine in American society.

Author Notes

David Charles Sloane is an associate professor of policy, planning, and development, and Beverlie Conant Sloane is a clinical associate professor of family medicine, at the University of Southern California.

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Choice Review

The Sloanes (both, Univ. of Southern California) have written a fascinating history of the hospital. Their book begins with an account of the old hospitals with large wards in the late 1700s, when patients first began to move out of their homes for health care. These old hospitals tended to be modeled on large, old houses and catered to the poor population. The Sloanes discuss the gradual changes in hospitals as they developed more private rooms, needed larger equipment, began to house pharmacies, and evolved from large horizontal structures to tall vertical skyscrapers. As patients gradually evolved into the consumers of health care that they are today, hospitals and large medical centers had to humanize their approach and their facilities. These new health care centers in the 1990s and 2000s have become similar to shopping malls, being open and inviting and housing shops, entertainment, and restaurants while providing excellent health care for inpatients and outpatients. The Sloanes illustrate their work with impressive photographs of the contrast between the old and the new and tell this history in a lively and interesting way. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels. J. A. Brown Kaplan College

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements
Prologue: The Evolving Architecture of Healthcare
Gallery 1 Machine Medicine
1 The Medical Workshop
Gallery 2 Mall Medicine
2 Humanizing the Hospital
Gallery 3 Mini-Mall Medicine
3 Shopping for Healthcare
Epilogue: Orchestrating Healthcare
Selected Bibliography