The Civil War era saw a major change in American medicine. In the mid-19th century, the practice of medicine began emerging from the Dark Ages, to one based on scientific principles and procedures, founded in Europe.
One of the most significant advances in the history of medical science was the discovery of x-ray in Germany by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen in 1895. Just four years later, a small 200-bed orthopaedic hospital on East 42nd Street in New York City installed its first x-ray machine, enabling its physicians to peer inside their patients without the need for a surgical scalpel. That hospital, which planted its roots during the time of the Civil War, would grow to become Hospital for Special Surgery, currently the oldest orthopaedic hospital in the USA.
Learn about its modest beginnings, in the middle of the Civil War, in the home of its founder, James Knight, MD - just six weeks before the Great Draft Riot of New York City - to its rise on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, to become the nation's leading provider of orthopaedic care. These and other intriguing facts fill the pages of Anatomy of a Hospital, which outlines the birth and growth of New York's 150-year-old Hospital for Special Surgery.
The book has a dust jacket which is not price clipped. There is very, very slight shelf wear to the dust jacket. Otherwise, the book is in excellent condition throughout.