How to Stop a Plague: A Brief History of Hospital Design

One hundred years ago, a patient entering a hospital would be filled with dread. Not of medical bills or primitive surgery techniques (though those might have been an issue) but rather infection from the guy next to you. Ever since the 17th century, the Western European hospital had been home to the poor, the dying, and sometimes the mentally ill. And you, the patient, was going to call a large communal ward room filled with these dangerous and unsavory individuals, home.

Today we need not fear the hospital itself. For millennia, hospital design has been slowly evolving based upon our understanding of disease transmission. Interestingly, it seems builders emulated other architectural models when considering the hospital. The temple or hotel in ancient Greece, the modern residential building today. Click through to see the evolution…

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Top Image via Yale New Haven Hospital.

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