Hospitals today and a hundred years ago


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There has been a significant change in healthcare for the past hundred years. Hospitals have shown a gradual chronological progression in the past hundred years. This gradual change attributes to diverse factors in the health sector. The key factor is the emergence of new diverse diseases (Charney, 2009). The modern society manifests sufferers from new breeds of infections as compared to the ancient society. New infections have become prevalent due to climate and lifestyle changes, among other factors. In this case, the hospital industry had to adjust medical services through scientific inquiries (Jennings, Gray, Sharpe, & Fleischman, 2004). The gradual scientific adjustments account for the significant difference in hospitals today. Complexities in institutionalization and introduction of preventive health techniques are two key factors that distinguish current and past hospitals.

Institutionalization of hospitals has substantially changed in the past hundred years. Hospital institutions have acquired a tangible degree of complexity over the time (Soletsky, 2002). Contemporary hospitals demonstrate an elevated level of scientific institutionalization. The inception of diagnostic techniques enhanced scientific institutionalization of hospitals (Jennings et al., 2004). The diagnostic technology brought accuracy and precision in the definition of symptoms amongst the patients. A hundred years ago, hospitals employed the use of dilute diagnosis. Through scientific discovery over the past hundred years, diagnosis is institutionalized based on scholarly findings. Therapy has also been scientifically institutionalized in the modern hospitals. Remedies of cure have been extensively adopted even from non-medical scientific fields (Charney, 2009). For instance, psychological therapy has been established in modern hospitals. Hospitals in the past hundred years could dwell mainly on medical strategies of curing diseases. Contemporary hospitals have shown complexity in their institutionalization as compared to the past hundred years.

Modern hospitals focus on preventions as well as cure. In the past hundred years, there was an over-emphasis of curative medical strategies. Hospitals were, therefore, able to focus on medical recommendations that would cure existent diseases (Charney, 2009). Substantial scientific discovery and innovation on preventive measures did not exist. This trend has gradually changed over the past hundred years. New discoveries in medical science have been established in the contemporary hospital industry. Therefore, contemporary hospitals have graduated from over-emphasis in curative medical techniques. They emphasize preventive medical techniques as well as curative medical strategies. Contemporary hospitals offer trainings to their communities for the prevention of diseases (Jennings et al., 2004). In this case, modern hospitals extend their services beyond the perimeters for the empowerment of society. Consequently, healthcare has recently been cost effective due to the prevention sensitization from the hospitals. Members of society are able to prevent adversity in their health conditions through the recommendations offered by the hospital industry (Soletsky, 2002). Modern hospitals have embraced preventive health measures more than the hospitals that existed in the past hundred years.


The past hundred years have been a crucial avenue of drastic change in the hospital industry. Significant difference is, therefore, observable between modern hospitals and those that existed a hundred years ago (Soletsky, 2002). The gradual significant change has been mainly attributed to the emergence of new diseases across the societies. New diseases are prevalent in the modern society as compared to the ancient society. Changes in the hospital industry have, therefore, offered a response and remedy to the new diseases. Scientific findings over the past hundred years have brought a significant difference between ancient and contemporary hospitals (Charney, 2009). Complexities in institutionalization and the inception of preventive medical measures are the two key factors that distinguish modern and past hospitals.





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