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The American hospital in the 1990s is a center of specialized medical care, a marvel of technology and science. It was not always so. Long before they became temples of science, hospitals were created as symbols of a community's pride, as tangible evidence of people caring for one another. As hospitals came to be seen not as the place for chronic care of the socially dependent, but as the place where most community members came for acute medical care, many people felt that hospitals should provide for the souls as well as for the bodies of those housed within. This
First a Dream: The History of Boston's Jewish Hospitals 1896 to 1928. Ann Intern Med. ;115:71–72. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-1-71_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(1):71-72.
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