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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth Connor, MLS, DM/AHIP(The Citadel)
Description: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital is synonymous with modern health care and progressive medical education in the United States. This book celebrates a century of clinical, educational, and research excellence at what is now known as Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
Purpose: Editors Tishler, Wenc, and Loscalzo stated their purpose as commemorating the first 100 years of Brigham and Women's Hospital with landmark events, clinical milestones, biographies, and thoughtful essays about patient-centered medical care, women's health, nexus of bench research and clinical care, and community health.
Audience: This book would be of interest and value to librarians, educators, historians, clinicians and researchers interested in the history of American medical education in general, and Brigham and Women's Hospital in particular.
Features: Organized into six broad chapters, the book traces the founding of Peter Bent Brigham Hospital three years after release of the Flexner Report, and its evolution over one hundred years' time. The work also includes a foreword from physician and medical historian Kenneth M. Ludmerer, introductory remarks from the hospital's president and former president, a 2-page timeline, a 4-page list of contributors, list of department chairs and executive managers, honors and awards, list of hospital presidents, a 15-page bibliography and a 19-page index.
Assessment: This beautifully designed, richly illustrated, and reasonably-priced book is substantial and impressive in its scope. Readers interested in 20th century American medical education and teaching hospitals will appreciate the amount of archival material contained in this volume, and how Brigham built on the success of Johns Hopkins Hospital model of pavilion-style wards and full-time faculty clinicians. Because of the focus on one particular institution, this work is unique, but similar to a book such as Eric Larrabee's The Benevolent and Necessary Institution: The New York Hospital, 1771-1971 (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1971) that describes the first hundred years of the second oldest hospital in the United States.