by Candace O’Connor, 191 pp, with illus, $24.95, ISBN 9779339-0-3, St Louis Children's Hospital, St Louis, Mo, 2006.
Charles Rosenberg, in The Care of Strangers: the Rise of America's Hospital System, wrote that hospitals have “reproduced in microcosm the history of a larger society.”1(p4) Candace O’Connor reinforces this insight in her engaging history of St Louis Children's Hospital. O’Connor takes readers through the founding years of the hospital to the present and, along the way, through changes in the broader context of the professions of pediatrics and nursing and developments in medical technology and national health care. Hope and Healing was written for and published by St Louis Children's Hospital, and it is not primarily an academic study. It is nevertheless a pleasure to read, filled with gorgeous period photographs and sidebars featuring recollections from members of the nursing and clinical staff. This volume also provides a compelling story of women in American medicine within the context of a single institution, merely by paying balanced attention to the formative forces and personalities involved in the history of St Louis Children's Hospital. That alone is reason enough to buy and read this book.
Silverman C. Hope and Healing: St Louis Children’s Hospital: the First 125 Years. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161(6):620-621. doi:10.1001/archpedi.161.6.620