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Author Oshinsky, David M., 1944- author.

Title Bellevue : three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital / David Oshinsky.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Doubleday, [2016]
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  362.1109747 OSH    AVAILABLE
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Description 387 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Beginnings -- Hosack's vision -- The great epidemic -- Teaching medicine -- A hospital in war -- "Hives of sickness and vice" -- The Bellevue ambulance -- Bellevue Venus -- Nightingales -- Germ theory -- A tale of two presidents -- The mad-house -- The new metropolis -- Cause of death -- The shocking truth -- Survival -- AIDS -- Rock bottom -- Sandy -- Rebirth.
Summary "Bellevue Hospital, on New York City's East Side, occupies a colorful and horrifying place in the public imagination: a den of mangled crime victims, vicious psychopaths, assorted derelicts, lunatics, and exotic-disease sufferers. In its two and a half centuries of service, there was hardly an epidemic or social catastropheor groundbreaking scientific advancethat did not touch Bellevue. From its origins in 1738 as an almshouse and pesthouse, Bellevue today is a revered public hospital bringing first-class care to anyone in need. With its diverse, ailing, and unprotesting patient population, the hospital was a natural laboratory for the nation's first clinical research. It treated tens of thousands of Civil War soldiers, launched the first civilian ambulance corps and the first nursing school for women, pioneered medical photography and psychiatric treatment, and spurred New York City to establish the country's first official Board of Health. As medical technology advanced, 'voluntary' hospitals began to seek out patients willing to pay for their care. For charity cases, it was left to Bellevue to fill the void. The latter decades of the twentieth century brought rampant crime, drug addiction, and homelessness to the nation's struggling citiesproblems that called a public hospital's very survival into question. It took the AIDS crisis to cement Bellevue's enduring place as New York's ultimate safety net, the iconic hospital of last resort. Lively, page-turning, fascinating, Bellevue is essential American history" -- adapted from Amazon.
Subject Bellevue Hospital.
Hospitals -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
New York (N.Y.) -- History.
ISBN 9780385523363 (hardcover : alk. paper)
038552336X (hardcover : alk. paper)
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