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Public Health Service Hospitals Historical Collection 1895-1982
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Title: Public Health Service Hospitals Historical Collection
Creator: United States. Public Health Service. Division of Hospitals
Dates: 1895-1982
Extent: 11.42 linear feet (26 boxes)
Abstract:
The origins of the Public Health Service hospital system date to the passage in 1798 of the law creating the Marine Hospital Fund to care for merchant seamen. Contained herein are materials on the history of the Public Health Service hospitals and their administration. Included are the history files for each hospital maintained by the Division of Hospital's Information Office as well as documents relating to the conversion or closure of each hospital; program files, reports, and planning documents on the hospitals and the medical care of seamen; and administrative documents, circular letters, and manuals used by the hospitals. Particularly noteworthy is the extensive material on the leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana.

Call number: MS C 471
Language: Collection materials primarily in English.