Nanjing Gulou Hospital: Honoring the Heritage and Building the Future

Nanjing Gulou Hospital: Honoring the Heritage and Building the Future

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Abstract

Early in March 2014, Ding Yitao, the honorary president of Nanjing Gulou Hospital, an affiliated hospital of Nanjing University Medical School (hereinafter referred to as Gulou Hospital), was visiting the outpatient building. Founded in 1892, Gulou Hospital is one of the earliest western medical hospitals constructed in China. Although morning peak hour, Ding saw a largely quiet crowd in the outpatient building. In the central part of the hall, a volunteer was playing the piano to soothe patients with music. Ding looked around and felt comfortable with the light blue and turquoise interior decoration. An outdoor water square directly extended into the hall, bringing a hint of calm. Above, he saw balconies protruding between floors, like small courtyard houses. Not far away, the enticing smell ...

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