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The Impact of Hospitals


John Henderson, Peregrine Horden and Alessandro Pastore

This is the first wide-ranging collection of articles on the history of hospitals in the Mediterranean, northern Europe, and the Americas for over seventeen years. It brings together fully revised and expanded versions of papers from the first two conferences (1999 University of East Anglia, Norwich; 2001 Verona University) sponsored by the International Network for the History of Hospitals. The collection shows the vigour and variety of the latest scholarly research on these complex institutions. The sixteen contributions present a nuanced approach to the impact of hospitals on society over a very long time period and an exceptional geographical range.
Contents: John Henderson/Peregrine Horden/Alessandro Pastore: Introduction. The World of the Hospital: Comparisons and Continuities – Peregrine Horden: Alms and the Man: Hospital Founders in Byzantium – Kevin C. Robbins: Patrimony, Trust, and Trusteeship: The Practice and Control of Burgundian Philanthropy at Beaune’s Hôtel-Dieu, c. 1630 – Matthew Thomas Sneider: The Treasury of the Poor: Hospital Finance in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Bologna – Marina Garbellotti: Assets of the Poor, Assets of the City: The Management of Hospital Resources in Verona between the Sixteenth and Eighteenth Centuries – Andrea Tanner: Too Many Mothers? Female Roles in a Metropolitan Victorian Children’s Hospital – Carole Rawcliffe: ‘A Word from Our Sponsor’: Advertising the Patron in the Medieval Hospital – Christine Stevenson: Prints ‘proper to shew to Gentlemen’: Representing the British Hospital, c. 1700-50 – Annmarie Adams: ‘That was Then, This is Now’: Hospital Architecture in the Age(s) of Revolution, 1970-2001 – Max Satchell: Towards a Landscape History of the Rural Hospital in England, 1100-1300 – Sergio Onger: The Formation of the Hospital Network in the Brescian Region between the Eighteenth and Twentieth Centuries – Steve Cherry: ‘Keeping your hand in’ and Holding On: General Practitioners and Rural Hospitals in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century East Anglia – Louise Gray: Hospitals and the Lives of the Chronically Sick: Coping with Illness in the Narratives of the Rural Poor in Early Modern Germany – Eric Gruber von Arni: ‘Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis’: The Experience of Sick and Wounded Soldiers during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum, 1642-60 – Flurin Condrau: The Institutional Career of Tuberculosis: Social Policy, Medical Institutions and Patients before World War II – Alysa Levene: Saving the Innocents: Nursing Foundlings in Florence and London in the Eighteenth Century – Diego Ramiro Fariñas: Mortality in Hospitals and Mortality in the City in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Spain: The Effect on the Measurement of Urban Mortality Rates of the Mortality of Outsiders in Urban Health Institutions.