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September 16, 1939

The Massachusetts General Hospital: Its Development, 1900-1935

JAMA. 1939;113(12):1158. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800370074048

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This is the fifth book written on the history of the Massachusetts General Hospital and is aimed at describing the development of the hospital from 1900 to 1935. In a number of the subjects considered, however, the roots go further back than 1900, and where material was found which had not appeared in earlier histories it has sometimes been used here. The history of this hospital is intimately associated with the growth of teaching hospitals in general and with the improvement in medical education and hospital facilities throughout the country. To thousands of individual physicians this history has a more intimate appeal as the institution to which they themselves contributed. This is an excellent source book for information, but the reading is difficult since it constitutes in large measure— perhaps unavoidably—a catalogue of the names of trustees, administrative officers, donors, physicians and physical plant expansion.

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