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November 1972

The Function of the Hospital Environment in the Human Endeavor

Author Affiliations


From St. Mary's Hospital Burn Center and Burn Research and Clinical Systems Laboratory and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;130(5):785-788. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.03650050103022

Too often the planning of the hospital environment in which physicians work is done without the active participation of the physicians themselves. On the other hand, physicians often do not have the necessary time and advance warning to reflect intelligently upon plans for the new facilities they are asked to review. Consideration of the six basic premises regarding the planning of future hospital environments that are being presented here should help forearm internists who are asked to sit in on architectural and other planning conferences. The internists may not agree with them in toto but these premises should help place in a usable frame of reference much of the interplay that usually occurs at planning conferences regarding future hospital environments.

Premises Regarding the Planning of Hospital Environment  1. Physicians are no longer the sole arbitors of hospital planning. Their wishes, prejudices, and needs have to fit into a larger context