Curing and Caring--The Long View

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Science  27 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5432, pp. 1362
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5432.1362

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Mending Bodies, Saving Souls A History of Hospitals. Guenter B. Risse. Oxford University Press, New York, 1999. 736 pp. $39.95. ISBN 0-19-505523-3.

Weaving narratives by patients and caregivers into his detailed considerations of a dozen institutions characteristic of their time and place (ranging from ancient Greece to the era of AIDS), Risse provides a thought-provoking interpretation of the developments that have led to today's hospitals.