HENRY R. CARSTENS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Among the living institutions established by man, few have enjoyed a longer or more honorable history than hospitals. In very early documents, institutions are mentioned which may well be the prototypes of our modern hospitals. Such establishments were known in Ceylon, in India (for animals, as well as man), in Greece (in connection with some of the temples), and even in Ireland. With the exception of some of those in India, none are known to have existed for very long, at least not into the modern times.
As Christianity spread through Europe, a practical manifestation of its charitable teachings was
CARSTENS HR. THE HISTORY OF HOSPITALS, WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO SOME OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST INSTITUTIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;10:670–682. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-10-5-670
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1936;10(5):670-682.
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