W. J. MULLIGAN, M.D.
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To the editor: For centuries a traditional inpatient facility for the care of the sick has existed. Great hospitals throughout Europe and the United States had, as the central place of care, open wards where segregation was established by race, sex, illness, and social factors. Eventually this dichotomy was perceived as an inequity: poor people were cared for on the wards whereas wealthy people had private and semiprivate rooms. We are watching an era end, for now we construct hospitals to insure privacy. Some rooms are semiprivate but many are private, with all the rights and privileges thereunto appertaining. Now
MULLIGAN WJ. More Privacy, Less Support. Ann Intern Med. 1981;94:824. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-94-6-824
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;94(6):824.
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