1841 Massachusetts General Hospital Historical Report

annual report of the board of trustees


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Annual Report of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts General Hospital for the year 1841. Boston: Press of James Loring 1842. Approximately 38 pages, marked to page 36, with some accounts of discussion of the social issues facing the hospital and society at the time of the Report.

Excerpt: “we have the privilege of rejoicing in an exception from any death by a patient’s own hand again. The number of those brought here with a suicidal propensity has been very numerous. Our remarkable exemption years after year from this sad form of death is doubtless attributable in part to the very frequency of the disposition inducing the habit of constant scrutiny and vigilance in detecting and preventing its design. Unceasing vigilance has saved many from the ordinary modes of perpetration and the use of the stomach pump from self-starvation.”


8.5 x 5.25 inches.


The book has creasing, toning, light staining, and possible loss to cover—some pages separating from the binding.
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