“Boston is widely recognized as being the medical capital of the world ...”
I apologize in advance if offensive, but although Boston clearly has some great hospitals and docs, the idea that it is the medical capital of the world is just not accurate anymore. Actually, the idea that there is a medical capital of the world is not accurate anymore. I’ve seen some very marginal medical care and decision making at some of the ‘best’ hospitals with name recognition, and some great care and outstanding decision making by docs working at private hospitals with no name recognition.
The other fact that many people aren’t aware of is that medical school rankings are in large measure based on NIH research dollars - not some estimation of patient care.
That said, there are most definitely some of the best hospitals in the world in Boston.
In the early 70's I was still a doped hippy with very bad teeth.
I approached Harvard School of Dentistry and became Virgil Smith's graduating thesis (he was the senior assigned to me and he assisted with extractions and built my first set of dentures) ... all gratis, 'cause 'the system' was in place and I had learned how to 'politic'.
Boston is actually a kalidescopic Disneyland of humanity;
I forget the exact number, but I remember reading (a long time ago) that there were something like 350 institutions of higher education .. college, junior college, university, etc. in a 25 mile radius ... or something like that ... and every September the youth of the world descends on Boston to go to school .... and to the young and horny single guy ....
I don't miss Boston now because I'm too old for the pace, but if I was still younger ................