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Kirkleatham Hospital

Stephen Martin University of Mahasarakham (Spring 2017) Art and architecture in historic almshouses provided aesthetic pleasure, improved self-esteem and attended to spiritual need. An example of early Enlightenment philanthropy in the English village of Kirkleatham, Cleveland, provides major humanitarian lessons for the planners of today. East Cleveland was used to progressive thinking. A remarkable socio-geographical […]

Charite hospital

Annabelle Slingerland Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands (Spring 2017)   On November 14, 1709, King Frederik I of Prussia planted a small seed that over the following three centuries grew, branch by branch, into one of the foremost medical research and treatment centers in the world.   Plague House, 1709 The Plague, later […]

The origins and development of the Lewis Hospitals

Nicola MacArthur University of Aberdeen, Scotland (Spring 2017)   The original gates to the Lewis Cottage Hospital. Restored and reinstated in the grounds of private houses built on the site of the original hospital. During World War Two, metal in the United Kingdom was salvaged for essential munitions processing but the salvage operation did not […]

Freedman’s Hospital

Yanglu Chen Princeton University, New Jersey, United States (Winter 2015) Freedmen’s Hospital, the teaching hospital for Howard University Medical School The name itself, Freedmen’s Hospital, betrays a sense of bitter conflict: that there existed men unfreed, and they were not treated here – and that even the freed men had only this hospital. In fact, […]

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Wilson F. Engel, III West Desert Enterprises LLC, Gilbert, Arizona, United States (Summer 2016)   The Walter Reed General Hospital (main building with cupola in distance at far left) in September, 1919. The Hospital was precursor to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The Walter Reed Army Medical Center was — along with its precursor, the […]

Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Panama

W. Paul McKinney University of Louisville, Kentucky, United States (Spring 2015)    West-facing view of Administration and Clinics Building, Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, former Canal Zone, Panama A man, a plan, a canal: Panama. This well-known palindrome describes the grand vision of Count Ferdinand de Lesseps for constructing, under the flag of France, a sea level canal […]

St. Christopher’s Hospice

Thomas R. Egnew, EdD, LICSW Tacoma Family Medicine, Washington, United States (Spring 2015) St. Christopher’s Hospice The twentieth century produced an extraordinary evolution in modern medicine. Burgeoning research and the rigorous application of the biomedical model generated remarkable advances in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.1 Refinements in immunization decreased morbidity and mortality from common […]

Reconstructing the world’s first hospital: the Basiliad

Thomas Heyne, MD, MSt Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, United States (Spring 2015)  St. Basil “A noble thing is philanthropy, and the support of the poor, and the assistance of human weakness…” So rang the emotional words of Bishop Gregory Nazianzen during the funeral oration delivered for his dear friend Basil of Caesarea in 379. Wishing […]

The $84.77 Hospital – St. Vincent

Terri L. Sinnott, MA Chicago, Illinois, United States  Bishop Francis Silas Marean Chatard What in the United States could be purchased with $87.44 in 1881?  In that year Bishop Francis Silas Marean Chatard and four Daughters of Charity1 took that sum and funded the first Catholic hospital in Indianapolis. Chatard had been born in 1834 […]

The Hopkins Hub

Shelley Co Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, New York, United States (Summer 2016) Johns Hopkins It was at the site of a former insane asylum and at the discretion of a man named Johns Hopkins, a banker, philanthropist, and abolitionist, that the Johns Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889 in Baltimore, Maryland.1 Hopkins died […]