When I was doing research for today’s cover story on the use of visual art in solving problems of 21st century hospital design, and in effect making them feel more like hotels in order to put patients at ease, I came across this curiosity from The New York Times.

The headline reads (in pdf format): “Hospitals Too Busy to Care for the Poor. They Are Managed Like Hotels, Says Dr. George F. Shrady, and ‘Interesting Cases’ Crowd Out the Needy — This Year’s Bed Famine Unprecedented”

“There are too many hospitals already. The hotel-hospital business has been done to death. Too much money is spent on fine buildings and grounds. There are too many high-salaried officials and too many honorary figureheads who interfere in the hospital management . . .”

The article was published in 1904. Hmm.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.