January 24, 1914


Author Affiliations

Hospital Architect, Associate Member American Institute of Architects BOSTON

JAMA. 1914;LXII(4):270-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560290020007

A noted architect said to me when I was a young student, "One needs one hundred years to study and then one hundred years to practice what he has acquired." If this is true in general architectural problems, it is doubly true in hospital planning; so that in the brief time allotted me this afternoon I can but touch the high points of the subject given me, "The Ward Unit of the General Hospital."

The ward unit is really the keynote of the hospital, for here the patient (for whom the institution is built) lives, eats, sleeps and spends his weary hours of convalescence. We should therefore never cease to study how to fill those hours with as much comfort as possible, to serve the patient good, palatable food, to guard him from undue noise and excitement from the working of the hospital, and to see that he has fresh

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