A History of the Boston City Hospital, 1905-1964

Lester S. King, MD
JAMA. 1964;190(1):82. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070140088034.
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When one of the nation's great hospitals passes its 100th birthday, the most appronriate celebration, perhaps, is a careful and authoritative history of that institution. The present volume records in detail the story of the Boston City Hospital. Founded in 1864, the hospital had celebrated its 50th birthday with a historical account published in 1906, while this new volume stresses particularly the last half century. The general background, early days, and the personalities of those especially concerned with the founding, are particularly well covered by Henry R. Viets.

Any large modern hospital, associated with several medical schools, is extremely complex, with many departments, divisions, and services. The various subdivisions each receive a special historical account, written by an administrative head, retired or still active. Each author has had a vital share in the department about which he writes. Numerous photographs provide vivid interest. For physicians who have trained in the


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