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The Resource Bellevue

Bellevue

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Bellevue
Title
Bellevue
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David Oshinsky
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Bellevue
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three centuries of medicine and mayhem at Americas most storied hospital
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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 building's origins as an almshouse and pesthouse to its current status as a revered place of first-class care
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  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
  • ALA Notable Book, 2018.
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DNLM/DLC
Dewey number
362.11097471
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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adult
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three centuries of medicine and mayhem at America's most storied hospital
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Bellevue
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9780385540858
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optical disk
Label
Bellevue
Publication
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OVERDRIVE:a77d8469-fd13-4ec1-95d5-0ff002de2a2e
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780385540858
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optical disk

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