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Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital | David Oshinsky
From a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a riveting history of New York's iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of American medicine. 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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perfectsinner
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A fascinating, phenomenal read about the craziness (quite literally) of 3 centuries of medicine at one of the most famous hospitals in America. Highly, highly recommend!

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LiteraryLona
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This one is so very interesting!!

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daniwithtea
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Our Subaru is bright orange - we‘ve always joked that you‘d never lose it in a snowstorm. I guess we were wrong?

Hoping to finish up the tagged audiobook today. Just got to the chapter on AIDS, which is especially vivid after having read the oral history of Angels in America a few weeks ago.

Stay warm out there!

VeganCleopatra I see it! 🤗😏 8mo
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daniwithtea
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Messed up my back in my sleep (?!) Saturday night, so I‘m confined to a stack of pillows with a heating pad in bed or on the couch for a few days. At least I‘m getting through some audio books? Finished up Charms and Chocolate Chips, now a hard turn back into medical history. Someone is waiting for this one! (Thanks, Libby, for that new stressful feature...)

Eyelit Take care! 💚 8mo
daniwithtea @Eyelit thanks! 8mo
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ScientistSam
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I'm not getting nearly enough reading done this weekend so far, but at least #25in5 helped me to set aside time to finish the tagged book! And of course more time to read later in the weekend 😀
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Amazing what can get in the way of our reading time! Hope you have more success as the weekend progresses. Always feels satisfying to finish a book. 9mo
ScientistSam @Andrew65 especially in the Thanksgiving to New Year holiday period! Thanks, I'm definitely appreciating setting aside some time for reading. 9mo
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ScientistSam
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I'm not a big reader of non-fiction, but this book drew me in. Bellevue is such a legendary institution in New York and in the hospital world that it was fascinating to learn about its history. There is a lot of emphasis on the 19th century history, which in all fairness was formative for the institution and its mission.

Minimalgrl Loved this book!!!! 9mo
Nute I can‘t wait to get to this book. It‘s taking a long time, but I keep hearing good things. 5mo
ScientistSam @Nute it will be worth the wait! 5mo
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SaraBeagle
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Interesting history of medicine, NY and the US as told through the lens of Bellevue Hospital. From the contributions of their doctors to Civil War battlefield medicines, to how the hospital and its staff handled the outbreak of AIDS, 9/11, and Hurricane Sandy.

Nebklvr I love nonfiction related to medicine. Will check it out 11mo
SaraBeagle @Nebklvr He won the Pulitzer for his book on Polio. I have it, but haven‘t read it yet. 11mo
Nebklvr @SaraBeagle I read that one! Didn‘t connect the name. It was very good. Nonfiction made readable! 11mo
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MaggieCarr
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☆☆☆☆/☆ Tradionally I stay away from historical non-fiction but I was enamored from the start. Don't miss this one.

Built in 1738, New York's iconic Bellevue Hospital is colorful and horrifying place: crime victims, vicious psychopaths, derelicts, lunatics, and exotic- disease sufferers have history there. There was hardly an epidemic or social catastrophe or groundbreaking scientific advance that did not touch Bellevue, America's oldest hospital.

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Wife
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Mehso-so

Very, very detailed! Sooo much detail that I tended to zone out 😴...so I had to listen in small doses. That‘s not to say that I don‘t appreciate all the research and effort that went into this book. 2/5⭐️s

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ScientistSam
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Starting this chunkster.

Wife I started it on audiobook yesterday. So far it‘s good, but I‘m going to have to listen in small doses. Lots of details! 🌹 14mo
ScientistSam @Wife yes, I'm just planning on reading a chapter at a time😁 14mo
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NatalieR
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Bellevue hospital has such an incredible history. This author does a great job detailing the centuries of history with all of the amazing medical discoveries done at Bellevue. I admire and congratulate all of the dedicated people who work here, present and past. #Nonfiction2018 #LitsyAtoZ #O #MountTBR

KatieCarpenter Gorgeous flowers!! 🌸 💐 14mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds fascinating. Stacked! 14mo
SharonGoforth This is on my TBR list - I‘ll get to it someday!! 14mo
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NatalieR @KatieCarpenter Thank you! 😊 14mo
NatalieR @Reviewsbylola Awesome! Hope you enjoy it. 14mo
NatalieR @SharonGoforth I totally understand! 😀 14mo
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Minimalgrl
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I‘m a native New Yorker... and my mom was born in Bellevue Hospital... so I‘m really looking forward to this!!

heyitsMacall YAS! This book is so great. I love hospital history 😍 1y
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NCNY
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This book manages to present not only the history of Bellevue but also the histories of medicine and New York City. It's easy to read, entertaining and informative. And it gave me newfound respect for a city hospital that I always took for granted. New York wouldn't be New York without Bellevue.

It was especially interesting to read about recent events - 9/11, Superstorm Sandy, Ebola - through the eyes of hospital staff.

RebelReader Sounds interesting! ❤️ 2y
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MelanieMefford
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This book was incredible. Such a page turner, and so well written! I loved learning about the history of this fascinating hospital, medicine and Ny! Read it. So good.

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MelanieMefford
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Subtle, right? 😉

gibblr This sounds so interesting! 2y
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Librarybelle
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I read this one the beginning of the year and absolutely loved it! Wonderful history of the oldest public hospital in the US, and one that has had its share of misinformation about its purpose. Somewhat fitting for #misterasylum . #TuneIntoNovember

Cinfhen I had read a blurb about this book but forgot to add it...thanks for the reminder😀 2y
Librarybelle You‘re welcome, @Cinfhen ! 2y
emilyhaldi Dying to read this one! 2y
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LauraJ
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Excellent history of the evolution of Bellevue Hospital and medicine.
#24in48 #nonfictionchallenge17

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LauraJ
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1. Los Angeles
2. Nope
3. Probably from @Liberty
4. San Kean's Cesar's Last Breath
5. I need coffee ☕️
6. Right here on Litsy!
#24in48

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LauraJ
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One psychiatric patient was "a woman who insisted she was the widow of President James Buchanan and the mother of his children, all of whom were cats."

Hmm, sounds like a plan ?

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Librarybelle
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I believe I gave all of these 5's this year...and if not, they are indeed standouts! #bestreadsof2017sofar #jubilantjuly

RealLifeReading Ok have to read Pachinko soon! 2y
Apinlibraryland I need to finish Bellevue-loved what I read so far! 2y
Librarybelle @Apinlibraryland So informative and well written...hope you continue to to enjoy it! 2y
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bookculture
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After our fascinating event with author (and Pulitzer Prize winner!!) David Oshinsky earlier this week, a handful of us have the same #FridayReads: BELLEVUE!

BethFishReads This was sooooo good 2y
CouronneDhiver Sounds interesting! 2y
Lea Sounds intriguing 2y
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MelanieMefford I have on my book shelf, along with 50 or so other books I haven't read yet, but I'm excited to get there! 2y
cajunsyd Fascinating, added to my stack! 2y
mrozzz Waiting for the right in-between fiction moment to pick this up 👍🏻 2y
squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting - added to my stack! 2y
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Cookierooks
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Looking forward to this one.

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heyitsMacall
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(On preparing for patients on 9/11)

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Hoopiefoot
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Some light Monday evening reading.

Karkar Sounds very interesting....will be interested to see what you think 3y
Suet624 Gulp. 2y
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SharonGoforth
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Today's book haul photo no. 3 - two non-fiction titles and the new Joyce Carol Oates novel. #nosuchthingastoomanybooks #bookhaul

LeahBergen The Book Thieves is on my "must buy" list. ?? 3y
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Cinfhen Awesome choices 💜 3y
SharonGoforth @LeahBergen I wasn't aware of it until I saw it today - it sounds fascinating! 3y
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RanaElizabeth
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Yellow fever, the Civil War, AIDS, Super Storm Sandy, and even the Affordable Care Act. This book covers about 300 years of medicine and the hospital. Completely recommend.

TeR On my list!!!! 3y
susanw I can't wait to read this one! 3y
BethFishReads This was sooooooo interesting 3y
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heyitsMacall
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Oh how relevant

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RanaElizabeth
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I love a good medical history story and this one, about such a famous hospital, should be fascinating.

cathysaid Ooooh...looking forward to hearing what you think. 3y
EvieBee Yes! This one is on my Audible wishlist. Have you read? 3y
RanaElizabeth @EvieBee84 Oh! I haven't read that but it looks great, prions are so weird and awesome. Totally stacked. 3y
kspenmoll My dad interned there way back- maybe in late 40's, early 50's? I should find out when exactly!!!! 3y
RanaElizabeth @kspenmoll That's so cool! 3y
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bookwormmichelle
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Took me a bit to get through this but I think it was worth it - - fascinating history.

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Librarybelle
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First completed book of 2017, and I chose wisely. Amazing history of Bellevue and of medicine in general. I had no idea Bellevue and its physicians/diagnosticians played significant roles in various disease outbreaks since the late 1700s.

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Apinlibraryland
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Second audiobook of the year. This one will take me awhile, but it should be fascinating.

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Librarybelle
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Starting off 2017 with this...

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mostlycatsandcoffee
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Women still dealing with the same ol' 💩 these days.

Joybishoptx I almost bought this 3y
mostlycatsandcoffee @Joybishoptx It's good! I'm enjoying it. I will be honest that the first chapter or two is quite the information dump but if you can stick it out then it's enjoyable! 3y
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MLRio
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It just wouldn't be Christmas without a little pile of books 🌲📚🎁 #books #bookhaul #christmas #bookstagram @fsgbooks @penguinclassics @doubledaybooks

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OrangeMooseReads
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The history nerd in me was itching for this

Suzze I want that too. It sounds so interesting. 3y
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mostlycatsandcoffee
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It's pouring out ☔️ and we're all sick at my house so this seems appropriate. Also, I love medical nonfiction. Not sure why. Probably because my mom is a nurse and I've grown up with gross dinner conversation. 😛

MrBook I just saw this at the bookstore this week! Shoot, I heard this author interviewed recently on a podcast about this book, but I listen to so many that I can't remember which one 😂👏🏻. 3y
ReadingOver50 Sounds interesting 3y
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BethFishReads
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Guys, I just started listening to this history of one of the oldest hospitals in the United States. I was drawn in almost immediately. I see this as a marathon listen. Fred Sanders is an amazing narrator. The photo has nothing to do with anything except to say it's a good day to be inside reading.

Jenshootsweddings Ooooooh that sounds fantastic! 3y
LeahBergen Sounds amazing! 3y
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DebinHawaii It sounds really interesting! 🤓👍 3y
DebinHawaii And great snowy pic BTW! 3y
BethFishReads @DebinHawaii thanks. Hoping it stays around for Christmas ☃️❄️🌨🎄 3y
Mbt1963 I love that book!! 3y
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Arbol
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This is an excellent history of an institution that influenced the practice of medicine in the U.S. It is a dense read that covers the growth of New York, the impact of infrastructure (namely lack thereof) on hygiene and health, philosophies of care and the people, both caregivers and patients, who entered the hospital. There is a lot of info and it's not as "readable" as a lot of pop NF these days (Erik Larson) but still very, very good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fancypants
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Never been a big non fiction reader and I'm working on changing that and so excited to read this one.

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Arbol
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This is really fascinating. I had no idea how integral this hospital and its founders were to the early practice of medicine in the U. S. A really great book though I do not like the reader and may have to switch to print soon. #BooksfromSteinbeck

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bookishkris
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Some of today's ebook deal purchases (and some that weren't deals or weren't purchased today). Up next: Throwing Stones, and then Saving Alex.

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Mbt1963
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A perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday with a cold😷😷

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Here's a bunch of #LitsyTips I put together in a post a couple of weeks ago: http://litsy.com/p/RzZCTVZYU1ND 2y
monkeygirlsmama Welcome to Litsy! 😺This sounds like an interesting read. 2y
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