Title: All Our Lives: A Centennial History of ...
Publisher: Chicago: Michael Reese Hospital, 1981, first edition, first printing
Publication Date: 1981
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
210 p. This historical and huge medical complex declared bankruptcy in 2008 and its buildings sit vacant and deteriorating on the near southwest side of Chicago. The site was eyed for housing should Chicago win the 2016 Summer Olympics (it didn't), but reportedly the property was sold in 2009 with that in mind. The hospital, endowed by a German Jewish immigrant who made (and lost and made) his fortune(s) in importing, land speculation, shares in Nevada silver mines, etc. The hospital was to be open to all-all races, classes, and religions-and it lived up to that pledge for its more than 125 years. It also was an incubus for new medical ideas, knowledge, techniques, treatments, and devices. The modern incubator for premature newborns was developed there; the link between cholesterol and heart disease was established there; the first linear accelerator for treating cancer was used there; a polio vaccine effective against all three strains was developed there; the list goes on. Its influence went beyond the medical; as its neighborhood deteriorated into one of the worst slums in the U.S., Reese took the lead after World War II in redeveloping the area, "organizing one of the most successful private urban renewal projects in the nation." The book is written in a lively fashion and is lavishly illustrated with fine black-and-white photographs. It includes the following lists: relatives of Michael Reese, several of whom served on the staff or council; hospital administrators 1881-1981; presidents and chairmen of the Board of Trustees during that period; members of the Hospital Committee of the Hebrew Charities 1881-1907; the Board of Trustees of the Hospital 1907-1980; presidents of the medical staff; directors of the School of Nursing; presidents of the Physicians Alumni Association; presidents of the Women's Board; presidents of the Michael Reese Service League; Crystal Ball (fundraiser) chairmen. Index. Quarto (12" x 9"), brown cloth hard cover, fine; dust jacket fine but for one-inch closed tear at upper front edge and 1/8" chip at upper back edge. Extra postage may be required. Bookseller Inventory # 1209KH17
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