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February 16, 1907

A History of the Boston City Hospital, from its Foundation Until 1904.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(7):635. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520330077027

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Abstract

The history published by the authority of the hospital covers a period of 40 years since 1861, the date of the foundation of a municipal hospital in Boston, and forms very interesting and instructive reading. The expense for the first building was limited to $100,000. The total of the present properties of the hospital are assessed at $3,061,500. The bed capacity of the hospital in 1864 was 208; in 1906, 615; the appropriation for maintenance in 1865 was $66,789.04; in 1905, $486,-776.88. It will thus be seen that not only the number of patients, but the expense per patient has materially increased. The hospital was located in a somewhat insanitary portion of the city, but considerations of economy and expediency prevailed at that time and have prevented a change of location. An objection at the time of its foundation was its great distance from the center of population, but the

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