From 10 beds in its modest beginnings in 1852, to 200 beds by the end of the 19th century, to 335 beds today, The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH) was Britain's first hospital for sick children and is currently celebrating its 150th birthday. The site brings together medical profiles, notes, and photographs that expose the evolution of patient care. Links from the home page take users on a journey of caring through the ages, what nursing was like, what surgery was like, a 150-year photographic gallery, and 150 years of achievement. Currently, under the direction of medical historian Andrea Tanner, a database of patients and their treatments is brewing. Volunteers are presently compiling the database from microfilm copies and original records; the first 10, 000 have already been entered. Each entry consists of the name, age, address, admission, discharge, illness, and result of individual patients through the years. The site and database is likely to be of interest to researchers and students studying the history of medicine, as well as social historians.
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