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Rise of the Modern Hospital

An Architectural History of Health and Healing, 1870–1940

University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017

Winner, Fred B. Kniffen Book Award of the International Society for Landscape, Place, & Material Culture (ISLPMC), 2017

A monumental work on hospitals in the United States from the 1870s to World War II, an influential period that saw the end of the pavilion plan and the advent of the high-rise hospital. As the first book-length study to address the architectural implications of the germ theory, it is destined to become a classic in the history of hospitals.” —Annmarie Adams, author of Medicine by Design: The Architect and the Modern Hospital, 1893–1943

“In her meticulously researched history of modern American hospitals, Kisacky examines the frequently elusive purposes and consequences of architectural design. Forged at the confluence of shifting medical requirements and broader cultural, civic, and economic values, her hospitals mirror in form and function the collective understanding of human well-being.” —Guenter B. Risse, author of Mending Bodies, Saving Souls: A History of Hospitals

“In her multifaceted analysis of a neglected period in hospital architectural history, Kisacky, an independent scholar, highlights persistent tensions and develops multiple themes with outstanding clarity; the text is enhanced by a generous array of carefully selected images. Recommended. All readers.” Choice

[An] engaging new study … A major addition to the small but growing literature on the history of modern hospital design. … In arguing that the modernity of architecture cannot be understood in terms of its appearance alone, Rise of the Modern Hospital convincingly makes the case for more inclusive and nuanced kinds of architectural history.” —Alistair Fair, Social History of Medicine