By David Rosner
This booklet examines the alterations in sanatorium care in ny that happened round the flip of the 20th century. It represents a basic departure from conventional scientific heritage, which has frequently emphasized 'progress' via technology and expertise. Professor Rosner identifies the industrial, political and demographic pressures that caused a reshaping of the wellbeing and fitness care method, and analyses the dramatic reorganisation of hospitals that came about. He additionally discusses significant clinical advances similar to the invention of anaesthetic houses of ether, nitrous oxide and chloroform, and the resultant elevate in surgical ideas to scientific difficulties.
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Though patients gained much from his increased scientific knowledge, they stood to lose a great deal as a result of the doctor's physical and emotional distance from them. Demographic changes brought physical distance between patients and hospitals as well. Some institutions moved to new communities far from the working class, where they developed services appropriate to the needs of the middle class but often lacked the emergency and other services needed by working-class people employed in the area.
Whereas trustees were selected in the past for their commitment to the institution and to charity care, new trustees were selected primarily for their money. A larger number of trustees ensured a larger pool of potential contributors, both from the new trustees themselves and from the new networks of wealthy people that the hospital could approach through them. "31 Added board members were far more lucrative than bake sales. Older trustees selecting new members were faced with the problem of finding persons wealthy and notable enough to become trustees.
The Memorial Hospital for Women and Children moved no fewer than six times in a period of eight years. 53 The Bushwick and East Brooklyn Dispensary was also forced to "buy a plot elsewhere that will be . . "54 Institutions were forced to move not only because land became scarce and expensive: Some found that the social and moral character of the central city was unsuitable for their charity facilities. "We are perforce obliged to relinquish our present situation," reported the secretary of one women's hospital.