Abstract Too often the planning of the hospital environment in which physicians work is done without the active participation of the physicians themselves. On the other hand, physicians often do not have the necessary time and advance warning to reflect intelligently upon plans for the new facilities they are asked to review. Consideration of the six basic premises regarding the planning of future hospital environments that are being presented here should help forearm internists who are asked to sit in on architectural and other planning conferences. The internists may not agree with them in toto but these premises should help place in a usable frame of reference much of the interplay that usually occurs at planning conferences regarding future hospital environments. Premises Regarding the Planning of Hospital Environment 1. Physicians are no longer the sole arbitors of hospital planning. Their wishes, prejudices, and needs have to fit into a larger context References 1. Ardrey R: The Territorial Imperative . New York, Dell Publishing Co, Inc, 1966. 2. Lorenz K: On Aggression . New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc, 1966. 3. Reich C: The Greening of America . New York, Random House, Inc, 1970. 4. Reisman D, Glazer N, Denney R: The Lonely Crowd . New York, Anchor Books, 1950. 5. Mann T: The Magic Mountain . New York, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc, 1927. 6. Solzhenitsyn A: The Cancer Ward . New York, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc, 1969. 7. Kesey K: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . New York, Viking Press, Inc, 1962. 8. Toffler A: Future Shock . New York, Random House, Inc, 1970. 9. Waisbren BA: Designing a modern hospital: A physician's point of view. Delaware Med J 43:102-107, 1971. 10. Waisbren BA: Critical Care Manual: A Systems Approach Method . Flushing, NY, Medical Examination Publishing Co, Inc, 1972.
Archives of Internal Medicine – American Medical Association
Published: Nov 1, 1972