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How many of us have walked the wards of our hospitals, never pausing to consider their place in a long evolutionary chain, their historic role as units of social organization?
Architectural historians are helping us to see afresh the social significance of the space in which we live, grow enfeebled, and die. Nowhere is the importance of this human organization of our living space brought historically into bolder relief than in the hospital. The authors of this interesting, large-format volume interweave architectural and social history in depicting the hospital as a constellation of concrete responses to social needs. Thompson and
The Hospital: A Social and Architectural History.. Ann Intern Med. ;85:269–270. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-2-269
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(2):269-270.
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