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Overview

By chronicling the transformations of hospitals from houses of mercy to tools of confinement, from dwellings of rehabilitation to spaces for clinical teaching and research, from rooms for birthing and dying to institutions of science and technology, this book provides a historical approach to understanding of today's hospitals. The story is told in a dozen episodes which illustrate hospitals in particular times and places, covering important themes and developments in the history of medicine and therapeutics, from ancient Greece to the era of AIDS. This book furnishes a unique insight into the world of meanings and emotions associated with hospital life and patienthood by including narratives by both patients and care givers. By conceiving of hospitals as houses of order capable of taming the chaos associated with suffering, illness, and death, we can better understand the significance of their ritualized routines and rules. From their beginnings, hospitals were places of spiritual and physical recovery. They should continue to respond to all human needs. As traditional testimonials to human empathy and benevolence, hospitals must endure as spaces of healing.

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By chronicling the transformations of hospitals from houses of mercy to tools for confinement, from dwellings of rehabilitation to spaces for clinical teaching and research, from rooms for birthing and dying to institutions of science and technology, this book provides a historical approach to understanding of today's hospitals. The story is told in a dozen episodes which illustrate hospitals in particular times and places, covering important themes and developments in the history of medicine and therapeutics, from ancient Greece to the era of AIDS. This book furnishes a unique insight into the world of meanings and emotions associated with hospital life and patienthood by including narratives by both patients and care givers. By conceiving of hospitals as houses of order capable of taming the chaos associated with suffering, illness, and death, we can better understand the significance of their ritualized routines and rules. From their beginnings, hospitals were places of spiritual and physical recovery. They should continue to respond to all human needs. As traditional testimonials to human empathy and benevolence, hospitals must endure as spaces of healing.

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Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Robert L. Martensen, MD, PhD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: Using 12 clinical episodes, this is the story of the hospital in Western culture from ancient Greece through the Enlightenment to the high-tech hospital and ambulatory clinics of the late 20th century.
Purpose: The world of historical meanings associated with hospital life and patients is explicated through the exploration of continuity and change in the mission and practice of hospitals in key areas of social role, therapeutics, and professional and patient space.
Audience: Physicians, nurses, hospital administrative staff, and historians are the intended audience.
Features: Using the device of patient experience (often extended) to introduce each of the book's 12 chapters distinguishes this book from other histories of the hospital. This is history with a patient's voice, which makes it possible for contemporary readers to recover a sense of past meanings for patients and providers in hospital settings.
Assessment: This book, carefully documented and replete with important detail, will be the standard reference for the "long history" of the Western hospital. It belongs on the shelf with other excellent works that have focused on 19th and 20th century hospitals, notably Rosenberg's The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995) and Stevens' In Sickness and in Wealth: American Hospitals in the Twentieth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999).
New England Journal of Medicine
Risse has written a superb book that is likely to become the authoritative one-volume history of hospitals. If a knowledge of medical history provides health care professionals with a broad view that informs their understanding of present trends, there can be few hospital staff members who will not benefit from reading this book. It will give them a balanced perspective from which to approach the challenges facing hospitals in our own time.
Robert L. Martensen
Using 12 clinical episodes, this is the story of the hospital in Western culture from ancient Greece through the Enlightenment to the high-tech hospital and ambulatory clinics of the late 20th century. "The world of historical meanings associated with hospital life and patients is explicated through the exploration of continuity and change in the mission and practice of hospitals in key areas of social role, therapeutics, and professional and patient space. "Physicians, nurses, hospital administrative staff, and historians are the intended audience. "Using the device of patient experience (often extended) to introduce each of the book's 12 chapters distinguishes this book from other histories of the hospital. This is history with a patient's voice, which makes it possible for contemporary readers to recover a sense of past meanings for patients and providers in hospital settings. "This book, carefully documented and replete with important detail, will be the standard reference for the long history of the Western hospital. It belongs on the shelf with other excellent works that have focused on 19th and 20th century hospitals, notably Rosenberg's The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995) and Stevens' In Sickness and in Wealth: American Hospitals in the Twentieth Century (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999).

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195055238
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 1,052,241
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Pre-Christian Healing Places
2. Early Christian Hospitality: Shelters and Infirmaries
3. Church and Laity: Partnership in Hospital Care
4. Hospitals as Segregation and Confinement Tools: Leprosy and Plague
5. Enlightenment: Medicalization of the Hospital
6. Human Bodies Revealed: Hospitals in Post-Revolutionary Paris
7. Modern Surgery in Hospitals: Development of Anesthesia and Antisepsis
8. The Limits of Medical Science: Hospitals in Fin de Si├Ęcle Europe and America
9. Main Streets Civic Pride: The American General Hospital as Professional Workshop
10. Hospitals at the Crossroads: Government, Society, and Catholicism in America, 1950-1975
11. Hospitals as Biomedical Showcases: Academic Health Centers and Organ Transplantation
12. Caring for the Incurable: AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital
13. Conclusion: Towards the Next Millennium: Hospitals as Houses of Technology

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2000

    Science and technology in healing body and soul

    At some time, all of us will enter a hospital as either visitor or patient. Few of us will be aware of the 2000 years of experience that pre-date these modern biomedical, and often architectural, showcases. Dr. Risse, an internist and historian of medicine, brings to life, for the layman and practitioner alike, these two millennia of experience through the personal narratives of patients that illustrate significant economic, social, medical and scientific moments in the development of hospital practice. Mending Bodies, Saving Souls vividly dramatizes through these stories how hospitals have been the battlefield on which science and technology have confronted man's thirst for meaning. 'Throughout history,' writes Dr. Risse, hospitals' activities 'can be broadly divided into religious ceremonies, hospitality and custodial care, and medico-surgical interventions.' Professor Risse's history begins in 145 AD with the journey of Aelius Aristides, a wealthy orator from Mysia, in Asia Minor, to the temple of the pagan god of health, Asclepius, located in Pergamon. Aristides sought not only recuperation from a respiratory ailment at the temple but hungered for 'my spirit salvation, strength, comfort, ease, high spirts, and every good thing.' With the spread of Christianity with its ideology of eternal salvation and pious charity, the healing functions where institutionalized through the creation of monastic type shelters which fed the poor, cared for the sick, aged, widows and orphans. 'Mending Bodies, Saving Souls' demonstrates how Christian healing took over the functions of the cult of Asclepius, with cures often linked to touch with relics and divine intervention in some cases supplementing medicines and surgical procedures. 'Mending Bodies, Saving Souls' traces the efforts of medical practice to contend over the centuries with the secularization of the state, development of technology and the fragmentation of community life. For example, Dr. Risse illustrates how Enlightenment society became more 'medicalized' with the 'alarming deterioration of health conditions brought on by population growth and urbanization.' In each subsequent era, changes in demographic patterns, economics, and technology presented new challenges to hospital ideology and practice. The patient journeys charted in 'Mending Bodies, Saving Souls' culminate with the death of Warren J, a writer, performer and book illustrator, in 1984, at the AIDS ward in the San Francisco General Hospital. Through the eyes of Warren J, attending physicians, nurses, community members and friends, Dr. Risse recounts how trust and belief, in the face of the most advanced technology, remained an essential ingredient in Warren's emotional, spiritual and physical care. Yet in the end, Warren J. died. Medical science could extend his life for only a few months. His funeral wishes were respected with his ashes scattered on a family farm in Tennessee. 'In the presence of relatives and friends, congregated in the evening around a bonfire, Warren's ashes were blown with the help of a fan into filmed images of his dances projected against the dark sky, thus allowing the reflection and his ashes to mingle before returning to the ground. . .a burst of fireworks exploded in a final salute to a man who wanted so much to leave a legacy to posterity.' Professor Risse with such vivid detail gives meaning to the legacy of the sick from Aristides to Warren J. With compassion and an eye for the narrative detail, he has written the definitive one-volume history of hospitals. Hospital care, he concludes, must remain 'human-centered care, delivered in a supportive hospital environment that continues to provide the best and most appropriate care that medical science has to offer, without neglecting the emotional and spiritual aspect of illness.' After reading Dr. Risse's book, no one will pass through a hospital door again unaware of the history, drama and human significance of the mo

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