Pages Through the Ages Discussion: Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital

Sunday, Sep 22, 2019 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Discuss Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky. 

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 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.

NYT review: "Bellevue Celebrates a Hospital Not Crazy, but Compassionate"

Community Partner: The Westport Historical Society. See the exhibit, Taking the Cure: Public Health 1880-1960, Thursday, August 15 - Sunday, November 17, 2019

For copies of the book, phone 203.291.4821.

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