Mending Bodies, Saving Souls: A History of Hospitals

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Oxford University Press, Apr 15, 1999 - Medical - 752 pages
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By chronicling the transformations of hospitals from houses of mercy to tools of confinement, from dwellings of rehabilitation to spaces for clinical teaching and research, from rooms for birthing and dying to institutions of science and technology, this book provides a historical approach to understanding of today's hospitals. The story is told in a dozen episodes which illustrate hospitals in particular times and places, covering important themes and developments in the history of medicine and therapeutics, from ancient Greece to the era of AIDS. This book furnishes a unique insight into the world of meanings and emotions associated with hospital life and patienthood by including narratives by both patients and care givers. By conceiving of hospitals as houses of order capable of taming the chaos associated with suffering, illness, and death, we can better understand the significance of their ritualized routines and rules. From their beginnings, hospitals were places of spiritual and physical recovery. They should continue to respond to all human needs. As traditional testimonials to human empathy and benevolence, hospitals must endure as spaces of healing.
 

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hospitals sure do play a vital role in saving lives. i wonder if this book is about the advancement of hospitals?

Contents

Introduction
3
1 PreChristian Healing Places
15
Shelters and Infirmaries
69
Partnership in Hospital Care
117
Leprosy and Plague
167
Medicalization of the Hospital
231
Hospitals in Post Revolutionary Paris
289
Development of Anesthesia and Antisepsis
339
Hospitals in FindeSiècle Europe and America
399
The American General Hospital as Professional Workshop
463
Government Society and Catholicism in America 19501975
513
Academic Health Centers and Organ Transplantation
569
AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital
619
Towards the Next Millennium The Future of Hospitals as Healing Spaces
675
Index
689
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