Binding is firm, and hinges are not damaged or cracked. Pages are tight and clean. Boards have light shelfwear. Book appears un-read. ISBN from 1976 edition. 330 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1972. ISBN: 0843605731. The nursing home is a modern institution having appeared in history only in the twentieth century. Of course, its forerunners appeared centuries ago as the hospital, the ""wayhouse,"" the sanitorium, and ""almshouse."" With the coming of Medicare and Medicaid, the nursing home is now undergoing a period of definition in which its utilization in comprehensive health-care planning is being established. More important, however, from the fact of the existence of the nursing home, is the integration of its potential in the thinking of the aged.