Death of a hospital

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 12 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5887
  1. Kelly KyungHwa Park, clinical research fellow, Department of Dermatology, University of California, San Francisco, USA
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We were a diverse group, from all over the country, pursuing different medical specialties—radiology, anaesthesia, dermatology, pain management and rehabilitation, ophthalmology, neurology—but united by the requirement of an intern year and the opportunity to enjoy, transiently, life in the big city, New York. What we didn’t know was that we would also have to mourn the death of our hospital.

I could easily wax poetic on the hospital’s brilliant 160 year history, complete with roles in the Titanic and 9/11 disasters, to being the home of the first cardiac critical care unit in the United States and a world renowned HIV clinic, to having “detoxed” Dylan Thomas, and giving Edna St Vincent Millay her …

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