This page includes links to histories of selected MGH departments, arranged in alphabetical order, with links to supporting information from selected websites, books, and journal articles.
Some books are available full text, some are in the MGH Archive, and some are available in public or academic libraries. Click as indicated for more information.
See Web Sites & Publications for a list of books about MGH’s history. See Finding More on MGH History to locate more information in medical journals, scholarly and non-scholarly publications, and newspapers.
"This is no humbug!" : Reminiscences of the Department of Anesthesia at the Massachusetts General Hospital : A History, edited by Richard J. Kitz, Hassan Ali ... [et al.]. [Ashland, Ohio : Atlas Books, 2003?]. (Note: slow to load; works best in non-IE browsers)
Chaplaincy (department name changed to Spiritual Care, October, 2017)
Means, James Howard. Ward 4; the Mallinckrodt Research Ward of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Cambridge, [Mass.]: Harvard Univ. Press, 1958.[Online access requires a free username/password. For the print edition, contact MGH Archives for use.]
Casper S. Inexplicable patients: the case of Charles Martell and Ward 4 at the Massachusetts General Hospital. CMAJ. 2016 Dec 6;188(17-18):1263-1264. Epub 2016 Aug 29. PMID: 27573742
Bowen J, Bernhardt M. Methods of teaching dermatology. Arch Dermatol. 2003 Jun; 139 (6), 711.
Mallinckrodt Research Ward see Clinical Research Center
Barker FG 2nd. The Massachusetts General Hospital. Early History and Neurosurgery to 1939. J Neurosurg. 1993 Dec;79(6):948-59. PubMed PMID: 8246065.
MGH School of Nursing publications [including School of Nursing Yearbooks]
Parsons, Sara E. History of the Massachusetts General Hospital Training School for Nurses. Boston : Whitcomb & Barrows, 1922.
Perkins, Sylvia. A Centennial Review, the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing, 1873-1973. Boston: The School, 1975. [Contact MGH Archives for use of print version]
Massachusetts General Hospital : Nursing at Two Hundred. Georgia W. Peirce; Marianne Ditomassi; Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Nursing. Boston, MA : Massachusetts General Hospital Dept. of Nursing, 2011. [Contact MGH Archives for use of print version]
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Baker, William R., Jr. The Best Kept Secrets in Boston: Obstetrics and Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital. [Boston] : Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012. [Contact MGH Archives for use]
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Keith DA, Dodson TB, Kaban LB. Historical Review: First Facial Pain Patient Admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital, February 1823 and First Case Series. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2013 Aug;71(8):1322-33. doi: 10.1016/j.joms.2013.04.027. PubMed PMID: 23866949.
Mankin HJ. Boston's Contributions to the Development of Orthopaedics in the United States. A Brief History. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2000 May;(374):47-54. PMID: 10818968
Rapp SM. Clinical and Research Pioneers Molded Massachusetts General Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery History. Orthopedics Today, September 2010
Rowe, Carter R. Lest we Forget : Orthopaedics at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Ward I, 1900-1996. Dublin, N.H. : William L. Bauhan, 1996. [Contact MGH Archives for use]
Keen Minds to Explore the Dark Continents of Disease: A History of the Pathology Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, edited by David N. Louis and Robert H. Young. Boston, Mass.: Massachusetts General Hospital, 2011.
Psychiatry in a General Hospital : The First Fifty Years, edited by Thomas P. Hackett, Avery D. Weisman, Anastasia Kucharski ; John B. Herman, photography editor, James E. Groves, production editor. Littleton, Mass. : PSG Pub. Co., 1987. [Contact MGH Archives for use]
Suit, Herman D. and Jay S. Loeffler. Evolution of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. New York: Springer Verlag, 2011. [Contact MGH Archives for use of print version. Online version requires a Havard Key]
Wyman SM. Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital: a brief history. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1993 May;160(5):1141-4. PubMed PMID: 8470596.
Linton, Otha W. Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, 1896-2000. [Boston]: The General Hospital Corporation, 2001. [Contact MGH Archives for use]
Wulkop, Elsie. The Social Worker in a Hospital Ward, with comment by Richard C. Cabot, M.D. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1926.
Cannon, Ida M. On the Social Frontier of Medicine : Pioneering in the Medical Social Service. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1952. [Contact MGH Archives for use]
Spiritual Care (department name changed from Chaplaincy, October, 2017)
Sports Medicine Service
Stanbury, John B. A Constant Ferment : A History of the Thyroid Clinic and Laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital, 1913-1990. Ipswich, MA: Ipswich Press, 1991. [Contact MGH Archives for use]
Myers, Grace W., comp. War Bibliography : Treadwell Library, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Mass. Boston, Mass: [n.p.], [1918?].
Stone ME. The World of John Goodhue Treadwell: A Brief Overview in Celebration of the 160th Anniversary of Treadwell Library, Massachusetts General Hospital. Watermark (Arch Libr Hist Health Sci). 2007 Fall;30(4):85-8. PubMed PMID:19425278.
Ward 4 see Clinical Research Center