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The Radcliffe Infirmary: Two Hundred Years

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Department of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N. Y.

Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(6):1039-1040. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-73-6-1039
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On St. Luke's day, 18 October 1770, the Radcliffe Infirmary first opened its doors to patients. This event was commemorated at Oxford 2 months ago, on 16 to 20 October. The ceremonies began with a ball at Blenheim Palace, seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill, a magnificent and also an appropriate setting, an earlier Duke and Duchess of Marlborough having headed the Infirmary's original list of subscribers. There followed among other happenings, a choral service at the University Church of St. Mary, where Radcliffe may have worshipped and where he is buried, a performance of


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