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Books, Journals, New Media
December 15, 1999

History of HospitalsMending Bodies, Saving Souls: A History of Hospitals

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Guenter B. Risse, 716 pp, with illus, $39.95, ISBN 0-19-505523-3, New York, NY, Oxford University Press, 1999.

JAMA. 1999;282(23):2263-2264. doi:10.1001/jama.282.23.2263

When I was a small boy, I was taken by my father, a general practitioner in Troy, New York, to St. Mary's hospital, to wait while he made his rounds . . . I sat among the cut flowers, half drunk on the scent, listening to the robes of the nuns brush against the walls of the corridor, and felt the awful presence of surgery. . . . Ah, it was a place I would never see, a place from whose walls the hung and suffering Christ turned his affliction to highest purpose.—Richard Selzer, MD, "The Knife"

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