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Hospital Life

Theory and Practice from the Medieval to the Modern

Edited By Laurinda Abreu and Sally Sheard

This edited volume originates in the 2011 conference of the International Network for the History of Hospitals, held in Lisbon and Évora, Portugal. It focuses on how institutions for the care and cure of the sick have organised their activities at every level, from the delegation of medical treatments between groups of practitioners, to the provision of food and supplies and the impact of convalescence on lengths of hospital stays. It draws on new European and North American research which highlights an area of medical history that has not yet had adequate, sustained attention, discussing the tensions between theory and practice and between patients and practitioners. Through detailed case studies and comparative analyses it explores the changing and evolving understanding of the function of hospitals, and their wider relationships with their communities.

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2.1 Estimated Total Expenditure at St Anthony’s London, 1 July to 29 September 1495. 33 2.2 Estimated Total Expenditure on Meat and Fish at St Anthony’s London, 1 July to 28 September 1495. 39 2.3 Number of Dif ferent Meat and Fish Items Served Either to the Hall, Hospital or as a Shared Dish at St Anthony’s London, 1 July to 28 September 1495. 40 8.1 Maternal mortality of all causes at the Royal Lying-In Hospital, Copenhagen 1788–1844 per 100 women giving birth. 169 10.1 Inpatients and Outpatients at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, 1852–1900. 218 10.2 Admissions for Infectious Fevers at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, the Evelina Hospital, London and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Glasgow, 1852–1914. 219 10.3 Admissions of under-twos at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, the Evelina Hospital, London and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Glasgow, 1852–1914. 221 10.4 Admissions by Class of Disease at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, the Evelina Hospital, London and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Glasgow, 1852–1914. 225 10.5 Visitors to the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street c. 1899–1902. 232 11.1 Street Map of Augusta, Georgia, indicating locations of nineteenth century medical facilities. 254 12.1 Medication ordering system employed in Children’s Hospital, Akron, Ohio, 1967. 275 12.2 Movement of a student nurse during one tour of duty in the National Hospital, Queen Square, 1955. 288 Tables 3.1 Revenues and expenses of the Duesseldorf...

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