History of Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge

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Since its foundation in 1766, Addenbrooke's Hospital has strongly influenced both the development of medical practice and the social history of Cambridge. As one of Britain's first Voluntary Hospitals serving the needs of the sick, and as a center of medical teaching, Addenbrooke's has always been a focal point in the community as well as a prestigious institute in the wider medical sphere. This authoritative and absorbing account of the Hospital traces in detail its history and development, from its benefaction in 1719 by John Addenbrooke, through its early years of expansion, reforms, and modernization, and over the period of the two world wars. The final chapters bring the story up to date, with an account of the changes that have been seen since 1948, including the effects of the major reforms in the National Health Service and the establishment of a Clinical School. The authors have a long and close association with Addenbrooke's and have written a book that reflects their unequalled knowledge and insight into the medical history of Cambridge. Embellished with evocative and often rare documentary illustrations, this book will be of the greatest interest and value to all those associated with Addenbrooke's, past and present—clinicians, nursing and administrative staff, students, and patients as well as to anyone with an interest in social and medical history.

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"Well illustrated and with excellent references and footnotes, this volume is recommended highly to those with an interest in the history of medicine." Herbert S. Goldberg, Science Books & Films

"...the authors have produced not only an exemplary study of a run-of-th-mill provincial infirmary but also a well-told tale of an unusual hospital. The book can be used as a work of reference or read as a continuous tale. It is a worthy memorial to Arthur Rook." Christopher Lawrence, Bulletin of the History of Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521142397
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The setting; 2. The hospital opens its doors; 3. A period of expansion; 4. The Addenbrooke's of Paget and Humphry; 5. Reforms and modernisation; 6. Two World Wars; Epilogue; Appendices; Notes; References.

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