The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System

The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System

by Charles E. Rosenberg
     
 

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This widely acclaimed history traces every facet of the hospital's social and professional transformations. Many of today's obsessions with technology, rigid bureaucracy, and uncontrolled cost can be found in hospitals more than half a century ago. Illustrated.  See more details below

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This widely acclaimed history traces every facet of the hospital's social and professional transformations. Many of today's obsessions with technology, rigid bureaucracy, and uncontrolled cost can be found in hospitals more than half a century ago. Illustrated.

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Library Journal
As hospitals are now an intrinsic part of health-care delivery, the information in Rosenberg's well-researched , carefully documented book may astonish readers. It traces the modern hospital from its origins in the 19th-century almshouse to the post-World War I period , when the hospital achieved status as an institution for the middle and upper classes. More narrowly focused than Paul Starr's Social Transformation of American Medicine ( LJ 11/1/82), The Care of Strangers emphasizes improved standards for training health professionals and accelerated technological developments as the factors that gave hospitals recognition. Engrossing for general and informed readers. Best Hospitals in America could almost be described as a Michelin Guide. The authors have selected more than 60 outstanding hospitals nationwide and have provided a thumbnail sketch of each facility. They include a statistical profile, a list of nationally known specialists on staff, specialty areas, research interests, and information on admissions policies and charges. They do outline criteria for selection, but have omitted a number of noteworthy institutions. Nonetheless, the sophisticated (and affluent) patient can use this guide to identify the institution best suited to his or her needs anywhere in the country.Carol R. Glatt, N.J. Bioethics Commission, Trenton
Booknews
For physicians, social scientists, and lay readers, a history from the time of Thomas Jefferson's administration, when hospitals were largely charitable organizations dedicated to care of the worthy poor, through the 20th century, when they became centers of learning and research as well as the primary care site for most Americans. Originally published in hardcover by Basic Books, 1987. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
American Historical Review - Virginia G. Drachman

An elegantly written book that broadens the history of hospitals and places it squarely within the larger field of American social history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465008780
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
03/28/1989
Pages:
240

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