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Encyclopedia > Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston Lying-In Hospital building, part of Brigham and Women's Hospital, view from Longwood Avenue.
Boston Lying-In Hospital building, part of Brigham and Women's Hospital, view from Longwood Avenue.

Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. It is one of the two founding members of Partners HealthCare and is a major teaching affiliate (and directly adjacent to the campus) of Harvard Medical School. Image File history File links BWH from Longwood. ... Image File history File links BWH from Longwood. ... A physician visiting the sick in a hospital. ... Alternative meanings: Boston (disambiguation) The 18th-century Old State House in Boston is surrounded by tall buildings of the 19th and 20th centuries. ... State nickname: Bay State Other U.S. States Capital Boston Largest city Boston Governor Mitt Romney (R) Official languages English Area 27,360 km² (44th)  - Land 20,317 km²  - Water 7,043 km² (25. ... Partners HealthCare is a non-profit organization that owns several hospitals in Massachusetts, primarily in the Boston area. ... Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School (HMS) is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University. ...

Brigham and Women's Hospital represents the 1975 merger of three Harvard-affiliated Boston hospitals: The Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (formed in 1913), the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital (1914), and the Boston Hospital for Women (itself a merger of the Boston Lying-in Hospital (1832) and the Free Hospital for Women (1875)). The hospital is home to one of the most powerful biomedical research institutes in the world. Over the last ten years, BWH has been either the largest or second-largest non-university recipient of research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Harvard, see Harvard (disambiguation) Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... A hospital today is an institution for professional health care provided by physicians and nurses. ... Biomedical Research involves thorough investigation of any matter related to the domain of living or biological Systems. ... The National Institutes of Health is an institution of the United States government which focuses on medical research. ...

Historical notes:

- Harvey Cushing was named the surgeon-in-chief at the founding of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1913 and remained in this position for two decades, at the height of his storied career. Harvey Williams Cushing (April 8, 1869 - October 7, 1939) an outstanding American neurosurgeon and a pioneer of brain surgery. ...

- In 1954, the first successful human organ transplant, a kidney transplanted from one identical twin to another, was accomplished at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Joseph Murray, MD, received the Nobel Prize in 1990 for this work and the subsequent development of immunosuppressive drugs.


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