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The Resource Bellevue : three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital, David Oshinsky

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

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Bellevue : three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital
Title
Bellevue
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three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital
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David Oshinsky
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eng
Summary
  • 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
  • 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 catastrophe--or groundbreaking scientific advance--that did not touch Bellevue. David Oshinsky, whose last book, Polio: An American Story, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution. 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 cities--problems 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.--
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1944-
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Oshinsky, David M.
Dewey number
362.1109747/1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA982.N5
LC item number
B525 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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WX 28 AN7
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B4O 2016
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  • Bellevue Hospital
  • Bellevue Hospital
  • Bellevue Hospital
  • Hospitals
  • Hospital care
  • Hospitals
  • Hospitals, Urban
  • History, Modern 1601-
  • New York City
  • Hospitals
  • New York (State)
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • MEDICAL
  • Hospital care
  • Hospitals
  • New York (State)
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Bellevue : three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital, David Oshinsky
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn951830070
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9780385523363
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016027568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
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  • (Sirsi) i9780385523363
  • (OCoLC)951830070
Label
Bellevue : three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital, David Oshinsky
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Control code
ocn951830070
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9780385523363
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2016027568
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385523363
  • (OCoLC)951830070

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