Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital

Book - 2016
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A history of the iconic public hospital on New York City's East Side describes the changes in American medicine from 1730 to modern times as it traces the building's origins as an almshouse and pesthouse to its current status as a revered place of first-class care.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385523363
Characteristics: 387 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Aug 30, 2017

This is a really interesting book about New York’s Bellevue Hospital, and the care it has provided to patients over centuries. This book looks at the historical context of treatment at Bellevue. Whether it's the advent of anesthesia, antiseptics, or heart catheters, the hospital staff has always sought out the best practices to help patients. The book looks at all of the research discoveries that have happened at Bellevue, and the fact that it is a hospital that doesn’t turn anyone away. The hospital may be rough around the edges and surviving on a shrinking budget, but it has helped patients through many historic crises such as the draft riots, Civil War, 1918 flu pandemic, AIDS Crisis, and Hurricane Sandy. This book makes the case for public hospitals, and shows all that they can do for patients.

amf_0 Apr 18, 2017

Detailed and insightful, a fascinating history of American medicine, doctors and hospitals told through the lens of New York's Bellevue Hospital - not just the loony bin of Nellie Bly's sensational expose.

Mar 28, 2017

Oshinsky certainly did his research. Bellevue Hospital is as rich in history as its many patients, doctors, and researchers. A book has to be well written to captivate a reader with so much information. We are taken from a time of miasma clouds and blood letting with a generous use of alcohol often absconded by staff to grave robbing for knowledge of physiology.
What hospital can lead in indigent care, AIDS programs, 9/11 recovery, and even EBOLA.
Fascinating detail. Reminds me of the book Five Days at Memorial which came out after Katrina.


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