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Project Spotlight: Charity Hospital Reports

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The Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences at Tulane University was fortunate to have the opportunity to digitize the historic Charity Hospital Reports under a Historical Preservation and Digitization award from the National Library of Medicine South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) for a project entitled Early Medical Journalism of Louisiana, A pilot project for the preservation and sharing of Nine-tenth Century Medical Publications of Louisiana.

The Reports from the New Orleans Charity Hospital were produced regularly for the state government of Louisiana from 1842-1974 and include a wealth of material on hospital administration and disease epidemics as well as vital statistics and public health information. The Charity Hospital Reports collection consists of 114 PDF items, each with searchable text and accessibility features. The Charity Hospital Reports were added to The Internet Archive and are available via the Rudolph Matas website:

The reports are also included in to the LOUISiana Digital Library Collection of Collections (LCOC). These items are of use not only to researchers in the fields of medicine and health, but also those researching the history and cultural impact of medical care in the New Orleans area.

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Special thanks to guest author Mary Holt, MLS. Coordinator, Information Services, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences.

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