A social history of the health care system in New York City from the 1890s through the Progressive Era. Analyzes the dramatic reorganization of the hospital system from a series of idiosyncratic social welfare facilities into rationalized and bureaucratized medical institutions. Examines the political and financial struggles which accompanied the growth of the modern hospital system.
Preface; Introduction; 1. Health care and community change; 2. Embattled benefactors: the crisis in hospital financing; 3. Social class and hospital care; 4. Conflict in the new hospital; 5. Taking control: political reform and hospital governance; 6. Consolidating control over the small dispensary: the doctors, the city and the state; 7. The battle for Morningside Heights: power and politics in the boardroom of New York Hospital; 8. Looking backward; Notes on sources; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.