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The Burns Hospitals and Wards Collection includes hundreds of photographs of exteriors of hospitals, but the true core of the collection offers countless intimate views of the inner workings of nineteenth and twentieth century hospitals. Emergency rooms, dispensaries, and wards are depicted, while photographs of ambulances, equipment, and staff give a full picture of early hospital care. Rare albums from the 1890s include Bellevue Hospital, Boston City Hospital, Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, Philadelphia General Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and more.

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