BERNADINE Z. PAULSHOCK, M.D.
To the editor: I have often wondered the derivation of the word "outpatient" and thought perhaps I had discovered it in an article in your journal (1). In a paper about Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse, a controversial Massachusetts physician in the early 1800s, Dr. Thurm reproduced a letter of Waterhouse's in which he discussed the problems presented by the increasing numbers of seamen presenting themselves to the marine Hospital in Charleston, Massachusetts.
". . . I have instituted what we call 'out-patient', that is given advice and medicine to numbers . . . and thereby preventing them from becoming boarders. But
PAULSHOCK BZ. Early Uses of "Outpatient". Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:615. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-4-615_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(4):615.
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