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Hospitals are central to the training and practice of physicians. Yet, only 150 years ago the handful of American hospitals played no role in the lives of most doctors; physicians were peripheral to the operation of these institutions. Charles Rosenberg's magnificent book explains how the hospital became central to medicine, and how doctors came to dominate the hospital.
Hospitals did not evolve in isolation. Thus, this book is not only a superb history of hospitals, but a social history of American medicine, as seen from the vantage point of these unique institutions. In the early 1800s, hospitals offered no medical
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The Care of Strangers: The Rise of America's Hospital System. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:931. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-11-931_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(11):931.
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