Lecturer: Margaret Charleroy
How did the hospital transform to a undesirable charitable institution for the poor to a mecca for modern medical technology? This session will highlight social, political, and technological forces that define this the transition of the medical institution in the US in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
1- What factors contributed to the change in place of medical care, from home to hospital?
2- What role did technology play in changing patient perception of the hospital (from charitable to modern/desirable) in the twentieth century?
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