ABOUT THE BOOK
The first comprehensive history of Grady hospital and its impact on Atlanta, this lively and richly illustrated volume explores the history and meaning of Grady Memorial Hospital from its founding in the late nineteenth century into the first years of the twenty-first century.
More than a biography of a major institution, this book offers a fresh and surprising story about health care in Georgia, a story that helps us understand what happens when politics and public health are (and when they aren’t) joined at the hip.
In this sweeping history, Dr. Martin Moran examines what Atlanta’s public hospital has meant for its people and their area. Grady’s story includes a remarkable roster of physicians, nurses, patients, politicians, teachers, philanthropists, and civic leaders.
Dr. Moran shows how its character as a public institution has shaped Grady’s development. Its status as a teaching hospital has meant that its story has been intimately interwoven with those of the Emory University School of Medicine and the Morehouse School of Medicine.
For more than a century, competing public and private interests, conflicting dreams, and outside political interference often turned Grady into a focal point for debates about taxes, civic responsibility, race relations, the role of government, and visions of healthcare.