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JAMA 100 Years Ago
February 17, 2010

The Floods and the Paris Hospitals

JAMA. 2010;303(7):674. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.70

Medical News

(From Our Regular Correspondent)
PARIS, Feb. 4, 1910.

The floods, which have created so much havoc in Paris, have unfortunately not spared the hospitals. From the first, the Hospital of Ivry was inundated, and it was impossible to supply it with provisions. With the greatest difficulty, the patients were removed to the Saltpêtrière. The Boucicaut Hospital, which was in particular danger, has been evacuated, the patients being distributed among the Beaujon, Necker and Laennec Hospitals. The situation in some of the hospitals is lamentable. The basements are flooded at the Hôtel-Dieu, at St. Antoine, and at the Charité. The furnaces and the electric light plants are out, the patients have no more linen, the hospital laundries cannot work, and food supplies can hardly be obtained. The situation of the patients is pitiable, in spite of the best efforts of the hospital staff.