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Title:
The American general hospital : communities and social contexts
Author:
Long, Diana E.
Publication Information:
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xvi, 217 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780801423499
Format :
Book

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An outstanding addition to the growing literature on the American general hospital. Part 1 focuses on the period 1870-1920, when hospitals were transformed from social-welfare institutions that provided Christian care for the indigent sick to scientific, technologically driven bureaucratic medical facilities that served the general community. The book contains two case studies of local hospitals undergoing this transition, and an account of the attempt to modernize black hospitals. It also includes a perceptive photographic essay of hospitals and hospital life and a guide for using this neglected source material. Part 2 explores the internal dynamics of the 20th-century hospital and the shifting roles of physicians, nurses, and less skilled workers. Last but not least, the two leading historians of the American hospital, Charles Rosenberg and Rosemary Stevens, provide, respectively, a brillant introduction and a thought-provoking conclusion. The work will have broad appeal to anyone interested in the evolution of this persuasive and problematical institution. Academic and public collection. S. Galishoff Georgia State University