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June 4, 1938

Story of a Great Hospital: The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh 1729-1929

JAMA. 1938;110(23):1948-1949. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790230064031

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The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the first of the large voluntary hospitals of Scotland, was founded in 1729. Turner has lovingly depicted the progressive changes which have occurred in this venerable institution, jointly devoted to the alleviation of human suffering and the training of succeeding generations of medical men and women. In his comprehensive story Turner has wisely omitted the years 1929-1937 because, as he justly remarks, many of the present day problems affecting the policy of the institution remain unsolved. From its inception the Royal Infirmary has been a teaching hospital, an essential part of the Edinburgh School of Medicine.

The influence exerted on the founders of the Royal Infirmary by the University of Leiden, the imprint of Herrman Boerhaave, who dominated European medicine in the early part of the eighteenth century, are delightfully recounted in chapter III. The teaching of Hippocrates—the return to the study of nature— the

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