The Rediscovery of Contractors General Hospital--Birthplace of Kaiser Permanente


Steve Gilford

Summer 2006 - Volume 10 Number 2

Stanley Ragsdale remembered Sidney Garfield, MD, from the days when the young doctor from Los Angeles first arrived in the Mojave Desert town of Desert Center in the early 1930s. Dr Garfield had come there to set up a hospital to treat workers building the nearby Colorado River Aqueduct. The 242-mile aqueduct was the largest public works project of its day.


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