David Oshinsky

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(Oshinsky, David) David Oshinsky, Ph.D., is a professor in the NYU Department of History and director of the Division of Medical Humanities at the NYU School of Medicine. In 2005, he won the Pulitzer Prize in History for Polio: An American Story. His other books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, and the Robert Kennedy Prize-winning “Worse Than Slavery”: Parchman Farm and the Ordeal of Jim Crow Justice. His articles and reviews appear regularly in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. His latest book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital (Doubleday), is 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 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. Lively, page-turning, fascinating, Bellevue is essential American history.

Mini: Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital is a riveting history of New York’s iconic public hospital that charts the turbulent rise of American medicine from Pulitzer prize-winning author, David Oshinsky.