The Automated Distribution System of the Free University’s Klinikum, West Berlin, 1970

“Control center monitors the automated distribution system of the Free University’s gigantic Klinikum, the most modern medical center in Europe. Flashing lights pinpoint trouble spots in the network of conveyor belts and pneumatic tubes that whisk drugs, food, and supplies around 44 acres of rooms and corridors on five floors.

Opened in 1969, the $75,500,000 installation, funded by West Germany and the United States, provides a 1,400-bed hospital, clinics, and laboratories, as well as facilities for 1,000 medical students.”

“Berlin on Both Sides of the Wall,” Howard Sochurek, National Geographic, Vol. 137, No. 1, January 1970.