Cardiovascular medicine of today is positioned atop a platform of robust history. Galen, Harvey, Bernard, Osler, Barnard, and Braunwald, to name a few, discovered principles of cardiovascular science and medicine that we too often take for granted. It goes without saying that we owe these giants a large debt of gratitude.
It is sometimes easy to forget that these giants toiled in facilities of historical significance, buildings often with unique cultural identify and of great beauty. Some were of church, or even cathedral, style; others were more mundane. In times of war, our professional predecessors cared for the sick in truly barren circumstances. Our understanding of the history of our profession would be incomplete without appreciation of the clinical facilities in which our predecessors cared for the sick and unveiled novel insights.
To document this history, we now reach out to cardiovascular societies around the world to submit high-quality images of their historical hospitals and clinics. We hope to feature images from around the globe, both from world centers and from more obscure corners. Some of these hospitals will be places of significant discovery; some, where clinical care was emphasized and practiced. We will select among the images and, when possible, publish them with a brief caption at the end of an article, in page space that would otherwise be unused. We expect that the majority of these images will be black and white, in which case there will be no page charge.
With this initiative, we embrace our globally shared heritage of cardiovascular science. In addition, we will witness in pictorial form the unique beautify of clinical facilities around the world, and sometimes across centuries, from which our modern profession has emerged.
- © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.