Tag Archives: Illinois

The Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary

Samantha L. Williamson, MD University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary The direct ophthalmoscope debuted in Germany in 1851, ushering in the modern era of ophthalmology. Seven years later, the introduction of the laryngoscope allowed direct visualization of the airway. In 1858, on the heel of these discoveries, Edward Holmes, a Massachusetts […]

Provident Hospital – the first Black owned and operated medical institution in the United States

Raymond H. Curry University of Illinois, Chicago, United States VeeLa Sengstacke Gonzales Chicago, Illinois, United States  Nurses tending to a patient at Provident Hospital Prior to 1891 there was not in this country a single hospital or training school for nurses owned and managed by colored people … there are now twelve! … and not […]

Michael Reese Archive – comments from our readers

In November 1988 the Board of Trustees altered the rules for the appointment of new departmental chairs so that they could be hired directly by the hospital president without a search committee of the professional staff. I personally argued to the other four physician trustees prior to the board of trustees meeting (where this action […]

Michael Reese Hospital – pediatrics

Excerpts from the book All our Lives: A centennial history of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981, Sarah Gordon, ed   Sarah Morris Children’s Hospital was a monument to Dr. Abt’s work in pediatrics. In 1909 he was approached by the family of Nelson Morris, who wished to establish a children’s hospital in memory […]

Michael Reese Hospital – physicians

Excerpts from the book All our Lives: A centennial history of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981, Sarah Gordon, ed     Dr. Michael Mannheimer, 1844–1891, was a member of the Hospital Committee of the United Hebrew Relief Association and one of two admitting physicians at the hospital when it opened. All patients had […]

Michael Reese Hospital – neighborhoods and patients

Excerpts from the book All our Lives: A centennial history of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981, Sarah Gordon, ed. Streets on the West Side provided a sharp contrast to the quiet neighborhood around the hospital. The “Jewish Ghetto,” which extended from Blue Island Avenue to Canal Street, and from Taylor Street to 14th Place, […]

Michael Reese Hospital – nurses, interns, and residents

Excerpts from the book All our Lives: A centennial history of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981, Sarah Gordon, ed. The first nurses were hired through ads placed in local publications. In 1890, Michael Reese Hospital decided to open a school of nursing, and trained its first cohort of nurses. In the first year, 15 […]

Michael Reese Hospital – beginnings

Excerpts from the book All our Lives: A centennial history of Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, 1881-1981, Sarah Gordon, ed. The first Michael Reese Hospital opened in 1881 at 29th Street and Groveland Park Avenue (renamed Ellis Avenue) in Chicago, at a cost of $60,000 donated from a charitable fund derived from the will of Michael […]

The rise and death of Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital

Charles M. Shapiro, MD Chicago, Illinois, United States Michael Reese and the Jewish presence in ChicagoIn the 1840s Jews poured into Chicago. The emigration continued for several decades. Those coming from Eastern Europe tended to settle on the west side of the city where land was cheaper. They were relatively educated in the affairs of […]

The Old Cook County Hospital of Chicago

  George Dunea, MD This venerable hospital still exists, but in some ways it exists no more, because in 2002 it was renamed, rebuilt, and drastically reduced in size.  But some half a century ago it was one the largest hospitals in the world. It had a bed capacity of 4500, almost 100,000 admissions each […]