Duquesne Law Review


John Horty


The modern hospital has grown from a simple setting for the practice of medicine to a large, complex corporate entity. In the author's view, the hospital is no longer just a "place" where doctors ply their trade, but rather, is more correctly perceived as a "thing," with an institutional dynamic of its own. After reviewing a number of legal developments during the past several decades that have contributed to this metamorphosis, the writer concludes by warning that failure on the part of hospital boards, management and medical staffs to fully appreciate and effectively respond to the implications of this change may spell disaster for the private voluntary health system in this country.

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