The Emergency Hospital at the Buffalo Exposition
Physicians who have visited the Pan-American
Exposition must have been interested in the Emergency Hospital.
We recently had an opportunity to inspect this now historic building,
and were much impressed with its excellent arrangement and equipment.
It is under the direct care of Dr. Roswell Park, who has for his
assistants Dr. A. F. Zittel, Dr. G. McK. Hall and Dr. E. C. Mann.
There are twenty-four beds, and five thousand cases have been treated
since the opening. The great majority of these cases have been of
minor surgery and slight medical ailments. But few operative cases
have occurred, the most serious one having been that of President
McKinley. Considering the size and character of the Exposition this
immunity from grave cases is quite remarkable, and speaks well for
the general management and hygiene of the big show. The Hospital
is free to all; no charge is made to any one, visitors and attendants
at the Exposition having all alike the privileges of the institution.
The expenses are borne by the management of the Exposition. Many
of the instruments and appurtenances are exhibits—a very practical
way of showing their efficacy. The operating room is small, but
well lighted and well equipped. It was in this room that the operation
on the President was performed. Six nurses are in attendance.
The architecture and general appearance
of the building are pleasing. The place is always open for inspection
and is in perfect order. This little hospital is not only a useful
object lesson, but in its brief existence it has played a most important
rôle in the public eye. The managers of the fair are to be commended
for providing such a model little infirmary.