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Book and Media Reviews
January 17, 2007

Surgery at the Brigham

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2007;297(3):317-321. doi:10.1001/jama.297.3.320

The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, named after the Boston restaurateur and businessman who generously endowed it, is recognized worldwide as a center of excellence. Yet, by the standards of other great medical institutions, founded by medieval religious bodies or 18th-century benefactors, it is “modern,” dating merely from 1912. Again, unlike so many of its rivals, with immense wards branching like leaves from endless miles of corridors, it was tiny—280 beds at the most, before it came to the end of its independent existence in 1980, when it amalgamated with the Boston Hospital for Women to become today's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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