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October 25, 2000

Healthcare ArchitectureHealthcare Architecture in an Era of Radical Transformation

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000American Medical Association


by Stephen Verderber and David J. Fine, 404 pp, with illus, $55, ISBN 0-300-07839-0, New Haven, Conn, Yale University Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2000;284(16):2118-2119. doi:10.1001/jama.284.16.2118-JBK1025-2-1

It is unusual for a physician to talk with a hospital architect. Louis Sullivan's remark that "form follows function" should be revised: hospital form follows the function architects imagine for it in consultation with the administrator.

Verderber and Fine in this new book give doctors an intriguing chance to see our workplace from an architect's perspective, within a handsomely illustrated and manufactured coffee-table book (see Figure 1). More unexpectedly, we here encounter social commentary on the changing medical scene and its finances during the past half century, with convincing economic explanations for some recent puzzling evolutions of hospital forms. Hospital buildings are durable, so scientific, financial, and social trends leave a trail of structures, whose persisting sizes and shapes depict the deeper forces at work to those who can read the clues.

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