Historian highlights of the famous medical history of NYC’s Bellevue Hospital


Hospitals in the usa with a rich history, but the Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, the typical U.s. destination, where some of the sickest patients— from former presidents for various immigrant groups in the 18th, 19th, and 20th century— have tried to make.

“This was the people’s hospital,” Pulitzer Prize-winning author, historian, and professor David told Oshinsky “This was the hospital it turned out that no one leaves.”

The newspaper New York World published a series of revelations about the life in the mental wards at Bellevue in the 1870s and ’80s, which led to the publication of “10 Days in a Madhouse.” A bestseller, the book promoted the association of the Bellevue and its famous services for the mentally ill. But in Oshinsky’s new book, “Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine, and the Chaos in America’s Most Legendary Hospital” the author discusses a number of the public institution, the other breakthrough performance.

Bellevue researchers also have some of the first anesthesia experiments, and were the first in the United States to study germ theory, antiseptics, and forensic medicine, Oshinsky said. The hospital had the country’s first ambulance service, maternity ward in the hospital and the department of photography.

“There is this great history not only in surgery but also for the public health,” Oshinsky said.

Bellevue doctors treated Irish immigrants for cholera and Jewish immigrants for typhoid and tuberculosis, he said.

His reputation for the first-line care has continued until modern day. When a local police officer is shot or a firefighter is overcome by smoke, he or she is taken to Bellevue.

“If the Ebola patient comes to New York City, where did he go? Bellevue,” Oshinsky said.

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Or, if a public official, such as the president or the Pope is sick and in new YORK, he or she is also brought to the hospital, Oshinsky said. At least two AMERICAN president James Garfield and Grover Cleveland— were treated in Bellevue.

“The public hospitals are in trouble, now there is less money being spent on them,” Oshinsky said. “I think the Bellevue is so iconic. It has such a great history, and it has so much to learn about human nature, human kindness, compassion, and medical research— that will always be there.”



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