Notes on Hospitals

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Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863 - Hospital buildings - 187 pages

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Page iii - It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm.
Page 9 - ... supposed to have a particular affection, and to feathers, which of all articles it especially loves — so much so, that, according to quarantine laws, a live goose may be safely introduced from a plague country ; but if it happen to be eaten on the voyage, its feathers cannot be admitted without danger to the entire community. There is no end to the absurdities connected with this doctrine. Suffice it to say, that in the ordinary sense of the word, there is no proof, such as would be admitted...
Page 25 - Windows ; having Windows only on one Side, or having a closed Corridor connecting the Wards.
Page 173 - I am fain to sum up with an urgent appeal for adopting this or some uniform system of publishing the statistical records of hospitals. There is a growing conviction that in all hospitals, even in those which are best conducted, there is a great and unnecessary waste of life...
Page 76 - ... serious disease or injury, to undercook all the patients, day and night, during all the time they are in hospital, at one fixed temperature ? I believe not ; on the contrary, I am strongly of opinion — I would go further and say, I am certain — that the atmospheric hygiene of the sick-room ought not to be very different from the atmospheric hygiene of a healthy house.
Page 12 - But if anything were wanting in confirmation of this fact, it would be the enormous mortality in the hospitals which contained perhaps the largest number of sick ever at one time under the same roof, viz., those at Scutari. The largest of these too famous hospitals had at one time 2500 sick and wounded under its roof, and it has happened that of Scutari patients two out of every five have died. In the hospital tents of the Crimea, although the sick were almost without shelter, without blankets, without...
Page 19 - Window-blinds can always moderate the light of a light ward ; but the gloom of a dark ward is irremediable. " The axis of a ward should be, as nearly as possible, north and south ; the windows on both sides, so that the sun shall shine in (from the time he rises till the time he sets) at one side or the other. There should be a window to at least every two beds, as is the case now in our best hospitals. Some foreign hospitals, in countries where the light is far more intense than in England, give...
Page 19 - Among kindred effects of light I may mention, from experience, as quite perceptible in promoting recovery, the being able to see out of a window, instead of looking against a dead wall ; the bright colours of flowers ; the being able to read in bed by the light of a window close to the bed-head.
Page 174 - If they could be obtained they would enable us to decide many other questions besides the ones alluded to. They would show subscribers how their money was being spent, what amount of good was really being done with it, or whether the money was not doing mischief rather than good.
Page 56 - A pavilion is indeed a separate detached hospital, which has, or ought to have, as little connection in its ventilation with any other part of the hospital as if it were really a separate establishment miles away. The essential feature of the pavilion construction is that of breaking up hospitals of any size into a number of separate detached parts, having a common administration, but nothing else in common. And the object sought is, that the atmosphere of no one pavilion or ward should diffuse itself...

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