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By Leonard L. Berry
Texas A&M University 

How to build a better, safer, more welcoming hospital


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Leonard L. Berry, Texas A&M University and D. Kirk Hamilton, Texas A&M University

(THE CONVERSATION) We spend much of our time in buildings, and they can have a profound effect on our well-being, for better or for worse. As long ago as 1943, Winston Churchill told Britain’s House of Commons that “we shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”

Research is showing that effective building design is especially important in hospitals, the potential of which i...

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