The Teaching Hospital: Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Evolution of Academic Medicine [NOOK Book]



The fascinating true story of Brigham and Women's Hospital

Founded in 1913, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital was the first medical institution since John Hopkins to foster clinical clerkships of medical students in the environment of a modern ...

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The fascinating true story of Brigham and Women's Hospital

Founded in 1913, the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital was the first medical institution since John Hopkins to foster clinical clerkships of medical students in the environment of a modern residency program. Forging a partnership with Harvard Medical School, the Brigham would become a major innovator in clinical research, implementing a new educational model that would inspire other hospitals for generations to come. In 1980 the Brigham merged with two other Boston medical institutions boasting their own profoundly important histories, the Boston Hospital for Women and the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, to become Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH). This rich and insightful account brings this remarkable story to life: the milestone achievements, medical breakthroughs, and personal dedication that have made BWH a world-class leader in academic medicine.

The Teaching Hospital includes:

  • A comprehensive history of BWH, from its continued commitment to medicine, education, and compassionate care to its ongoing leadership in transforming science-driven healthcare today.

  • A compendium of BWH's famous firsts, including the nation’s first maternity ward, the first in-vitro fertilization, the first successful human organ transplant, New England's first coronary care unit, and most recently, the first full-face transplant, as well as cutting-edge research in stem cells, systems biology, and bioengineering.

  • A celebration of Brigham's luminaries and landmarks, from pioneers like Dr. Harvey Cushing, the father of modern neurosurgery, Dr. Bernard Lown, Nobel Peace Prize winning cardiologist, and Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, to the hospital's milestone breakthroughs in radiology, arthritis, transplant surgery, immunology, women's health, community health, and more.

With invaluable contributions from medical historians and doctors, this essential volume provides an in-depth history of the institution. Here is the evolution of BWH in all its dimensions: its reputation as an education and clinical innovator, its role in fostering groundbreaking biomedical research, its ties to the local community as well as to the nation and the world, its financial and administrative growth across the decades, the personalities who have made BWH famous, and the fascinating inner life of the hospital. Filled with stories of profound commitment, critical analysis, and behind-the-scenes details, the book celebrates the Brigham’s history in both a medical and cultural context.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071784023
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 32 MB
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The Centennial Committee

Brigham and Women's Hospital

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  • Posted July 14, 2014

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    Medical Milestone and American Innovation

    If you had any question about legitimacy of Brigham and Women's Hospital as a landmark medical institution in the United States, Peter Tishler's "The Teaching Hospital" will set you straight. This fascinating story details the medical innovation that got its start at this world-class hospital. Co-editors Loscalzo and Wenc help bring to light the fact that American medical education was a "sorry affair" that actually "had very little to do with hospitals."

    First, readers should know that this book is steeped in rich history. It begins before the hospital was founded in 1913, and shows us the magnificent transformation to one of the first schools with a residency program. The comprehensive nature of this book encompasses everything from the school's famous firsts (it boasts the country's first maternity ward) to its more recent landmarks in medical history.

    What makes this book more exciting is that it features contributions from almost 100 people with expansive history of the hospital: doctors, nurses, historians, and more. Readers might compare it to Sander Gilman's Seeing the Insane in terms of research; however, Tishler's book offers a comprehensive and focused look at one very significant American institution. "The Teaching Hospital" will learn you impressed with Brigham and Women's Hospital. Tishler has obviously found himself enamored by the facility and its transformation "from conception, to realization, to reconception." It is certainly a historical volume worth reading.

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