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About Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital
by David Oshinsky:
Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Oshinsky provides a comprehensive account of New York City’s famous Bellevue Hospital, from its early inception as a poorhouse infirmary to its most recent struggles and triumphs, including a dramatic evacuation during Hurricane Sandy and the successful treatment of an Ebola patient.
In the centuries between, the hospital contends with epidemics ranging from yellow fever to AIDS, a meddling journalist named Nellie Bly, and the tragic murder of a doctor on hospital grounds by a mental patient. Some of Bellevue’s finest staff are highlighted, including two doctors who operated on American presidents and two others who virtually invented forensic science.
The history of Bellevue is the history of New York City, in all of its complicated and controversial glory, and its mission to serve the underprivileged is a fulfillment of the duty inscribed on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.”
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