Hope on the Hill: The First Century of Seattle Children's Hospital

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In the spring of 1898, a 5-year-old Seattle boy named Willis Clise suffered and eventually died of what was called "inflammatory rheumatism." There was no treatment,and no doctor west of Philadelphia who specialized in childhood ailments. Willis’s mother, Anna Clise, embarked on a mission to create an association dedicated to providing surgical and other hospital care to children, regardless of class, race, or ability to pay.

She organized a board of like-minded Seattle women ...

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Overview

In the spring of 1898, a 5-year-old Seattle boy named Willis Clise suffered and eventually died of what was called "inflammatory rheumatism." There was no treatment,and no doctor west of Philadelphia who specialized in childhood ailments. Willis’s mother, Anna Clise, embarked on a mission to create an association dedicated to providing surgical and other hospital care to children, regardless of class, race, or ability to pay.

She organized a board of like-minded Seattle women and in 1908 opened an eight-bed treatment and recovery facility. Today Seattle Children’s is a regional medical center, a leader in pediatric medicine research, and is consistently ranked among the top 10 children’s hospitals in the nation. This book recounts the history of a remarkable institution and its impact on Seattle and on the thousands of patients it has served.

Seattle historian Walt Crowley was the author of more than a dozen books and a cofounder of HistoryLink.org. David W. Wilma, former HistoryLink.org deputy director, is a freelance writer.

University of Washington Press

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Medical Association - Dorothy Porter

A fascinating and moving social history of Children's—its patients, its nursing and medical staffs, and its role in the local and wider community.

Columbia

A coffee-table-style book so well written and illustrated that it should be a best-seller.

City Living

'Hope' does a nice job weaving historical narrative, personal stories and old and modern photos into Children's story… ' Hope on the Hill' will come as revelation and maybe a reaffirmation of Anne Frank's words: 'In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.'.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295989563
  • Publisher: Seattle Children''s
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,199,984
  • Product dimensions: 12.38 (w) x 11.15 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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Walt Crowley was the author of more than a dozen books and a co-founder of HistoryLink.org. David W. Wilma , former HistoryLink.org deputy director, is a freelance writer.

University of Washington Press

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