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The care of strangers : the rise of America's hospital system

Author: Charles E Rosenberg
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Johns Hopkins paperbacks edView all editions and formats
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A history of the American hospital system, from the time of Jefferson's administration when they were largely charitable institutions working for the poor, through to the 20th century when hospitals  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles E Rosenberg
ISBN: 0801850827 9780801850820
OCLC Number: 31172744
Notes: Originally published: New York : Basic Books, ©1987.
Description: x, 437 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. To heal the sick: the antebellum hospital and society --
2. Vocation and stewardship: inconsistent visions --
3. The medical mind: tradition and change in antebellum America --
4. Expanding a traditional institution: social sources of hospital growth, 1850-1875 --
5. Ventilation, contagion, and germs --
6. The promise of healing: science in the hospital --
7. A marriage of convenience: hospitals and medical careers --
8. The ward as classroom --
9. Healing hands: nursing in the hospital --
10. The private patient revolution --
11. A careful oversight: reshaping authority --
12. Life on the ward --
13. The new-model hospital and its critics --
14. Conclusion: the past in the present --
Bibliographical note --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Charles E. Rosenberg.

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An elegantly written book that broadens the history of hospitals and places it squarely within the larger field of American social history. -- Virginia G. Drachman * American Historical Review *

 
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