Tag Archives: Spring 2015

Dr. Willem J. Kolff: a great man

In Memoriam Willem J. Kolff: A great man George DUNEA President and CEO, Hektoen Institute of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Medical Director, Chicago Dialysis Center, Founding Chairman Emeritus, Division of Nephrology, Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago, IL   Willem Kolff, often called the father of the artificial kidney,died in […]

Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Panama

W. Paul McKinney University of Louisville, Kentucky, United States   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 linking the […]

St. Christopher’s Hospice

Thomas R. Egnew, EdD, LICSW Tacoma Family Medicine, Washington, United States 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 infectious diseases […]

Reconstructing the world’s first hospital: the Basiliad

Thomas Heyne, MD, MSt Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, United States  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 to remind […]

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 […]

Trafford General Hospital: a conjuring of spatial significance

Sang Ik Song University of Limerick, Ireland  “Health Secretary Bevin with ‘First NHS Patient’ Sylvia Diggory in Trafford’s Park Hospital” On July 5, 1948, the then health secretary Aneurin Bevan officially launched the British National Health Service (NHS) at Trafford’s Park Hospital.1 The picture of Nye Bevan, suited and clean cut by the bedside of […]

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 […]

Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, 600 years of history

Rosa Monteserín Nadal, MD, PhD Primary Health Care Centre, Eap Sardenya, Barcelona, Spain  Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau The Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona is the oldest hospital in Spain. It was founded in 1401, after a pest plague and famine caused six medieval hospitals in Barcelona […]

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 […]

Massachusetts General Hospital, 1992

Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD Stanford University, California, United States A portion of Massachusetts General Hospital seen from across the Charles River with the brick Founders House (1917) in front of the glass Ellison Tower (1992), its top floors designated as the Phillips House. Photograph:  Nicholas Janberg, structurae.net, used by permission. To be summoned to […]