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June 25, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(8):912-914. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020260052012

The history of a hospital is essentially a document of individual achievements, clinical, scientific, and sociological. The story of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a peer among the great private teaching hospitals in America, has been told in five volumes published in chronological order during the past 100 years.1 The last volume has been prepared by Dr. Nathaniel W. Faxon, Director Emeritus, and embraces the period 1935-1955.2 According to Francis C. Gray, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, this period "saw the trinity of the care of the sick, teaching and research unite, for the good of mankind as never before in history of any hospital." The M. G. H. was founded in 1811; it will be 150 years old in 1961. "It was organized to afford hospital care for the sick, to provide the Harvard Medical School with a place to teach medical students at the bedside, and