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September 23, 1961

The House of Healing

JAMA. 1961;177(12):883. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040380061022

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This is an interesting narrative history of the hospital. It offers a flowing presentation of the development of places of healing from the temples of the Greeks filled with superstition and ritual to the modern research and healing complexes of today. Throughout the work the concepts of charity and love are credited with the impetus for development of houses of healing. The language is clear, the style is flowing, and the material is well presented.

The author begins by describing the temples of Sumer and Babylon. The new techniques and practices of each civilization are described. The Egyptians contributed the basic form of the practice of medicine. The Greeks consolidated the ideas from earlier periods and organized them into pleasant and sensible approaches to illness. The Romans developed the well-organized military hospital. The Arabians were thought to be the perfecters of the hospital as well as the first to have

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