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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Speaks at GPL!

David Oshinsky

Dr. David Oshinsky, author of Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital, will speak at the Guilderland Public Library as part of the library’s Carol J. Hamblin Notable Author Speakers Series, on Thursday, June 22.

Dr. Oshinsky’s Talk will be at 7 pm.  There will be an
Author’s Reception at 6:15 pm; reservations for the
reception can be made here…


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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.

Updated May 24, 2017
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