THE REDECORATION and modernization of the Children's Medical Clinic and all the clinics of the Massachusetts General Hospital is a very significant milestone in outpatient care. To see comfortable and attractive upholstery replace hard benches and furnishings encourages staff and patients alike to anticipate an enlightened future for ambulatory care. These physical changes give tangible evidence of an attitude of constructive concern for the patient's comfort and his care. These improvements will stimulate a new curiosity about the medical problems of ambulatory patients and thus provoke research which will upgrade the quality of the medicine practiced and taught. The history of this hospital1 has led us to expect it to set examples of creative leadership such as this, not only in interior decoration but also in the trilogy of patient care, teaching, and research.
The report of the resident physician of the Massachusetts General Hospital for the year 1910,
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