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May 23, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(21):1694. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530470032006

Even within the present generation, hospitals have undergone a marked transformation. At one time, any insanitary building was considered good enough for the work which physicians had to do in them; little or nothing of value to science was there accomplished. Formerly, the poor entertained a prejudice against hospitals as being places in which cruel things were supposed to be done; now, the primary object for which they are built—the humane and skilful treatment of the sick—is almost ideally conserved, and this fact is recognized by rich and poor alike. Nurses are trained in them for the effective work which they afterward do. Internes receive in them the practical education which subsequently stands them in such good stead. Means for the scientific investigation of sickness are at hand, as are also the appliances for wise and effective treatment.

Dr. Francis C. Wood1 calls attention, however, to one point at