The Boston Floating Hospital

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Lucie Prinz with Jacoba Van Schaik
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A custom publication with Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center

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In 1894 the Boston Floating Hospital took its first trip around the harbor, providing fresh air and medical care to poor, sick children. What began as an attempt to help suffering children ultimately became one of Boston’s most beloved institutions. Through research, ingenuity, and attention to the needs of ailing children and their families, the hospital grew into a scientific leader, pioneering pediatric medicine. Now anchored downtown, the legacy of the Floating continues as it began by providing world-class care to any child in need. This is the story of the efforts of the nurses, doctors, and average Bostonians to make the city a more compassionate place, as well as an examination of the beginnings of pediatric health care in America. This beautiful volume is a valuable contribution to the history of medicine and the city’s literature. It will capture the hearts and imaginations of historians, health care professionals, and parents just as the original boat did over a century ago.

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