Bellevue

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November 11, 2016 at 04:55 PM EST

Oshinsky, who won a Pulitzer for 2005’s Polio: An American Story, returns to the realm of doctors and diseases in this sprawling story of Manhattan’s Bellevue Hospital. He skillfully guides us through the years from its 1736 founding as an almshouse to the present, delving into the myriad ways the publicly funded hospital dealt with medical issues of yore like tuberculosis and pre-anesthesic, pre-antiseptic surgery, before graduating to unprecedented terrors like the AIDS epidemic and Hurricane Sandy. You’ll walk away in awe of this tenacious institution—and marvel at the way Oshinsky also fits a comprehensive but succinct history of modern medicine itself into the same book. B+

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