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Gaceta médica de México

versión impresa ISSN 0016-3813

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DE MICHELI, Alfredo. Hospital's evolution through the ages. Gac. Méd. Méx [online]. 2005, vol.141, n.1, pp.57-62. ISSN 0016-3813.

The predecessor institutions of modern hospitals -Byzantine nosocómeion, European hospitale and Islamic maristan-were dissimilar both in their patients and their aims. The first charitable organizations in West Europe (Rome) and in the East (Cesarea in Cappadocia) were rather hospices. After the collapse of the Western Roman Empire (476 A.D.), some monastic centers were prepared to provide medical assistance to religious and secular patients. Since the XI and XII Centuries in all of Christian Europe the charitable institutions, designated as hospitale, multiplied. Among the Italian ones, the Roman Santo Spirito (Holy Ghost) Hospital, built in the 1201 - 1204 period, reached a preeminent position. This one soon became the most important of the entire Christendom (archihospital), with a lot of affiliated hospitals in Europe and later in America. The first American hospital, Saint Nicholas Hospital, opened on December 29, 1503 in Santo Domingo, obtained in 1541 its affiliation to the Santo Spirito archihospital. Regarding continental America, the first health centers were established in Mexico: the Immaculate Conception Hospital and the Saint Lazarus Hospital, both established by Hernán Cortés. For its part, clinical teaching was systematized at the Saint Francis Hospital in Padua and by there moved to Leyden. In Mexico, the chair of medical clinics or practical medicine was established in 1806 at the Saint Andrew Hospital. During the XX century, Dr. Ignacio Chávez was the driving force behind the creation of the modern Mexican Health Institutes. These ones are dedicated to the treatment of poor patients, as well as to medical teaching and research.

Palabras llave : ancient hospitals; Renaissance hospitals; enlightenment hospitals; teaching hospitals; Mexican hospitals; National Health Institutes in Mexico.

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