The Happy Bookers is Phillipsburg Library’s monthly book discussion group. We meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Newcomers are always welcome and no registration is required! Call the library at 908-454-3712 for more information.
Wednesday, March 27 at 7:00 p.m.
by David Oshinsky
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 occupies a colorful and horrifying place in the public imagination: a den of mangled crime victims, vicious psychopaths, 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.
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. 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.
Lively, page-turning, fascinating, Bellevue is essential American history.
- April – Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
- May – Blood, Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
- June – Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman