I think that number will decrease further. Hospitals are spaces that we inhabit when we are at our most vulnerable and want to be healed. Still, this book had no shortage of really interesting stories most I have already read elsewhere about the extremely interesting history of how Bellevue has morphed over the years. Researchers toiling in the basement morgue found ingenious ways to detect poisons and potions, trace bullet trajectories and even developed the modern sobriety test. The location meant one could enjoy cooling breezes and yet be far enough away from the city to avoid spreading infection. Photographs on my , and in the finished copy of this book. If not by name, then by the stories told about it.
I also loved the way this book was laid out, in a linear fashion, after a preface that explores what will be found within, the famous people who have been patients and some who died there. This was a fascinating look at the history of Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, from its earliest beginnings to recent years. The topic of survival in relation to finances and insurance was fascinating and one that transcended time and is still relevant, today. 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. And Bellevue also opened the first male nurse training school.
It could be reached by boat, on horseback, or by carriage. There were also hospitals focusing on Presbyterians, Episcopalians, German Catholics St. But we never learn how or why that changed. As my wife and co-workers can attest, it was almost physically impossible for me to button it or shut my pie-hole about this great read. If you have any interest in New York history, or medical history, or just good non-fiction, I think you will find this a worthwhile read. The author states it was one of the first hospitals starting in the 1660s. Francis and poor Italians Columbus.
I enjoyed this as an audio recording, well narrated by Fred Sanders. Today, as before, its patients are overwhelmingly immigrants and their young children — no longer from Europe, but Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, West Africa, South Asia, and China. As other reviewers have noted, it's more of a history lesson set within the walls of Bellevue. I had thought that Bellevue was more of a mental hospital and expected more about that aspect. Very interesting micro-history on the first ambulances in the 1870's. Long after I finished the book, I was still thinking about the description of a terrified 15-year-old boy on a Bellevue operating table in 1841, held tightly by his father, as a surgeon approached with a saw. .
If you look at Los Angeles, Chicago, across the country, public hospitals are vanishing. One of my favorite books in the world is Worse Than Slavery. To tell the story of Bellevue, America's first hospital, is to tell the story of the United States. Lively, page-turning, fascinating, Bellevue is essential American history. The history of the hospital itself was interesting except the few times that the author ventured into detailed reports of administration - those sections took a bit of skimming. Oshinsky is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. His articles and reviews appear regularly in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
The difference at Mount Sinai was if you pay your money, you could have a private room overlooking Central Park with beautiful furniture, excellent food, and if you were in the charity ward at Mount Sinai you were overlooking the kitchen or a side street and there were 40 other people in the ward with you. That it was, on the one hand, the place where an injured cop, or fireman or construction worker would be sent, that its emergency services were second to none. Alas Obamacare has done nothing to assist in the travails of a poor unwell patient. The story of Bellevue, Oshinsky convincingly demonstrates, is the story of modern medicine, of New York City, and of America itself. The history about the American physician as compared to their counterparts in the late 18th century was riveting. There was talk of closing Bellevue but President Lyndon Johnson's creation of Medicare and Medicaid saved the day, providing medical insurance coverage to those who previously were treated free of charge and Bellevue prevailed.
In the old days, you had to perform an operation in under a minute or the patient would die of shock and blood loss. Bellevue's pathology lab is where forensic medicine was founded. If you are looking for a great non-fiction book written about a hospital then the best that I have read, hands down, is 'Five Days at Memorial' by reporter Sheri Fink. Oshinsky, thanks so much for meeting with me. Here is a brief review of the chapters, in chronological order. 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. Oshinsky builds a strong case for the need of public hospitals.
His other books include the D. In this rich history, we bear witness to a remarkable transformation as Bellevue evolves from bare-bones almshouse appendage in the 1700s to world-class academic medical center today. Yellow fever came to the Americas from Africa, carried by slave ships that docked in the West Indies. A few things, such as the shock therapy used on young children in the 1940's and the antisemitism in medical schools in the 1920s through the 1950s, stood out as particularly startling for me, but, really, the whole book is interesting. I am looking forward to reading more of his books.
Medical opinion in this era endorsed the so-called Miasma Theory, which blamed illnesses on chemical agents from decayed matter—corpses, rotting fruits and vegetables, swamp and sewer gases—that formed dangerous airborne clouds. Pulitzer Prize winning author, David Oshinsky, takes the reader on a fascinating trip through the history of this medical institution and of the dedicated men and women who fought against public apathy and lack of funds to improve health care for the poor and forgotten. We learn about the changing faces of this hospital, a hospital that in one form or another has been active since the 18th century Bellevue is featured in many historical mysteries, as well as many fictional books on madness and insanity so I was very curious to read the real story behind this storied hospital. The other side of the argument is whether we should or should not give medical care beyond absolute emergencies to undocumented immigrants. However there is little flow to the book overall and the chapters do not relate to one another so I couldn't take any big themes away.
Very informative chapter, probably the best one. At various times Washington Square has served as a military parade ground, a gallows, a haven for ex-slaves, and a magnet for artists, hustlers, street performers, and protesters of every stripe. 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. After the American Revolution, it became a mass grave for the victims of epidemic disease. 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.