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December 31, 1938

The Story of the Lying-in Hospital of the City of New York

JAMA. 1938;111(27):2512-2513. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790530066028

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This booklet traces the founding and development, administrative as well as medical, of the Lying-in Hospital of the City of New York. There was an epidemic of yellow fever in New York in 1798 and, to care for the wives rendered "wretched by grief and poverty," Dr. David Hosack proposed the foundation of a lying-in hospital, which was effected in 1799, the year George Washington died. The first venture failing of support, an arrangement was made with the New York Hospital for the use of a ward. The maternal mortality was 4 per cent, mostly from sepsis. In 1827 the liaison was broken and the institution enjoyed a paper existence until 1855, when a plan of paying part of poor women's obstetric expenses at home was adopted. The endowments of the Society of the Lying-In Hospital accumulated until 1890. In 1889 J. W. Markoe, Samuel Lambert, H. McM. Painter and

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