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Hospital Corners

Posted by Jim Botticelli  October 12, 2013 03:31 PM

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           Hanlon Square, Boston, 1948. Today known as Brigham Circle. Hospital Central

"It's no longer a question of staying healthy. It's finding a sickness you like." ... Jackie Mason

 It's where Huntington Av and Tremont St intersect. You take the 39 through it, or if you ride the streetcar that only goes as far as Heath St, you travel fairly well to Brigham Circle from Park St. Then you plod down Huntington and crawl up South Huntington. It's always busy, crowded with residents from Mission Hill, students and staff from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Don't forget the perennial hospital flow, the essence of then Hanlon Square, now Brigham Circle, named after the late Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. It's now called Brigham and Women's Hospital of course, the result of a merger between the Peter Bent Brigham, the Robert Breck Brigham Hospital, and the Boston Women's Hospital, formerly the Boston Lying In Hospital. And after all that, they managed to merge a square into a circle!
Thumbnail image for Peter Bent.jpgLooking kitty cornered at the Peter Bent Brigham, the sight looks familiar, yet is now 65 years old and the area was then still called Hanlon Square. In Dirty Old Boston terms you can pound a square peg into a round hole. From Hanlon Square to Brigham Circle. The name may change but the song remains the same. Hospital Corner.

Photos courtesy of City of Boston Archives, 1948. Information from Wikipedia.

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