US Healthcare Timeline

Jamie M. Crouch
HLT-205 Health Care Systems and Transcultural Health Care
Professor Magdaline Chornick

US Healtcare Timeline

1751 - Nation's First Hospital

* Nation's First Hospital - Pennsylvania Hospital (Penn Medicine, 2012)
* Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin "to care for the sick-poor and insane who were wandering the streets of Philadelphia (Penn Medicine, 2012)."
* 1753 First patients admitted on February 11 (Penn Medicine, 2012).
* This was the nation's first hospital were patients can be taken care of in a certain environment.
* House visits will eventually fadeout as more hospitals are built.
* American Philosophical Society and the Academy of ...

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medicine (Singh, 2010).
* Surgery was limited because anesthesia had not yet been developed, and antiseptic techniques were not known. The stethoscope and x-rays had not been discovered. The clinical thermometer was not in use, and the microscope was not available for medical diagnosis. Physicians mainly relied on their five senses and experience to diagnose and treat medical problems. Hence, in most cases, physicians did not possess technical expertise any more than family members at home and experienced neighbors in the local community (Singh, 2010).
* One of the main consequences of nonprofessional medicine was that anyone, trained or untrained, could practice as a physician (Singh, 2010).
* Tradesmen such as tailors, barbers, commodity merchants, and those engaged in numerous other trades also practiced the healing arts by selling herbal prescriptions, nostrums, elixirs, and cathartics. The red and white striped poles (symbolizing blood and bandages) outside barber shops today ...

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and influential American medical journals, as well as a host of other journals and books. Members have access to data services and to insurance through its insurance arm. The AMA is one of the nation's leading lobbying forces, and its political action committee, which dispenses money to political campaigns, is also one of the nations wealthiest. The association runs awareness campaigns on health issues and works to shape governmental policy that affects doctors and patients. The AMA derives about one-quarter of its revenue through its annual membership fees. Other revenue comes from corporate grants and from sale of its publications and data services (, 2012).
* AMA ...

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