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From Almshouse to Hospital: The Shaping of Philadelphia General Hospital

Charles E. Rosenberg
The Milbank Memorial Fund Quarterly. Health and Society
Vol. 60, No. 1 (Winter, 1982), pp. 108-154
Published by: Wiley on behalf of Milbank Memorial Fund
DOI: 10.2307/3349702
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3349702
Page Count: 47
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Abstract

After almost 250 years, one of the nation's first, and most illustrious, hospitals closed. Its demise was a particularly dramatic but representative symptom of a more general decay in the quality of public medicine in America's older cities. The gradual differentiation of municipal welfare mechanisms from almshouse to hospital is traced; it has been an elusive and incomplete evolution.

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