What is the earliest reference to hospital administrators?In his book The Crusades through Arab Eyes(2006, Saqi Books) Amin Maalouf refers to the severe wounding of Buri, the leader of Damascus and son of Tughtigin, in 1131.

What is the earliest reference to hospital administrators?

In his book The Crusades through Arab Eyes(2006, Saqi Books) Amin Maalouf refers to the severe wounding of Buri, the leader of Damascus and son of Tughtigin, in 1131. Drawing on contemporaneous records, Maalouf states; 'The medical care then available in Damascus was among the best in the world.

Duqaq had founded a hospital, a muristan.' Maalouf quotes from the diary of the traveller Jubayr who described the hospital a few years later: 'Each hospital has an administrator who keeps the records, which list the names of patients, the expenses required for their care and nourishment, and various other sorts of information'.

So we had hospital administrators striving to keep accurate patient records in 1131 - but does the profession date back even earlier?

Pauline Fox

Morpeth

Northumberland