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Even though the history of man may not be written in its institutions, nothing reflects it better than the institutions man has created. Among the most fascinating of these for any thoughtful observer must be hospitals. These have come to be recognized as having a necessary association with the start and finish of man's journey through life. Hospitals have become more than havens of refuge and ports in the storm; they are refueling centers and dry docks postponing the ultimate arrival of death. No longer do hospitals have as foremost their function of disposing of old people. Indeed, in the present day of biochemical, tissue, organ repair and reconstitution, individual man, with his hopeful and incorrigibly naive faith, has come to expect rather than just hope for miracles of personal replacement which will achieve or may achieve a kind of immortality by borrowing.
A special hospital which has played an
Bean WB. Every Man Our Neighbor. A Brief History of the Massachusetts General Hospital, 1811-1961.. Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(3):469-470. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870090153042