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Hospitals are at the heart of modern medicine. They gave rise to a system of medical investigation—Hospital Medicine—that is still the basis of modern diagnosis and medical research. They are also integral to medical training and the medical profession.

Hospitals have been around for a long time. They were an intrinsic part of religious charity, in many religions. Gradually secular hospitals arose and they became the centre of health care provision across the world.

Bringing together so many sick people in a confined space has its risks. The biggest of these is the spread of hospital infections—a problem that doctors continue to struggle with.

Stories about hospital medicine:

Revolutionary hospital Medicine

Medical staff standing around a patient in bed during a ward round


Home to specialists using the latest tools and techniques to treat every condition known to medicine, hospitals are essential to modern healthcare. They are also the centre of medical education, offering students the practical training they need to become doctors and nurses.

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Who pays for hospitals?

Guy's hospital entrance with a many being carried in on a stretcher



Hospitals are places that care for sick people. But which sick people? And what sort of care? Historically, that depended on who was funding the hospital.

Read more about the history of hospital funding

Hospital infection

A nurse dressing a patient's wound in a hospital ward


Infection is a major problem facing health services throughout the world. A Health Care Acquired Infection (HCAI or HAI) is acquired by a patient while receiving care in a hospital or health service.

Read more about the problem of infection in hospitals