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One For the History Books

The little-known story of Floating Hospital for Children’s first century of revolutionizing pediatric medicine is now available in bookstores and online

In 1894, a barge was commissioned to bring Boston’s sickest children out into the harbor, giving them the medical attention they so desperately needed. Doctors and nurses aboard the ship led the way in fighting deadly diseases, conducted groundbreaking research that included the creation of infant formula, and established a family-centered approach that is now a hallmark of pediatric care nationwide.

A good 120 years after its maiden voyage, Floating Hospital’s rich history finally has been chronicled in a new book on its first century of charting the course of pediatric medicine. The Boston Floating Hospital: The First One Hundred Years is now available at local bookstores, Barnes and Noble, and online on and All proceeds from book sales will support the programs and services at Floating Hospital for Children. For more information, please contact Dan Bird at 617-636-1377 or


About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children

Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit