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January 30, 1943

This Is My Life

JAMA. 1943;121(5):379-380. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840050077035

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Agnes Hunt in 1900 founded the first open air orthopedic hospital. The Boschurch Home was then an old farm house in a village in England. In less than forty years the home had become a hospital of more than 300 beds with orthopedic clinics stretching out over eight counties, a staff of after-care nurses and a training college for cripples. By 1901 the stable about the old home had become the plaster room, the coach house the splint shop, the saddle room a bathroom, the cow houses a laundry, and the pigsty, after many vicissitudes, was turned into a sitting room. Nevertheless the home had an attraction for cripples. The author, who was a cripple, was advised to consult Mr. Robert Jones, the great orthopedic surgeon of Liverpool. This day in 1903, she says, was the greatest day of her life, even though it was followed by three months in

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