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  • Bellevue

  • Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
  • By: David Oshinsky
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 12-14-16

Absolutely loved it, must read if you like medical history or the history of New York

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

This book was fascinating and reminded me why I want to go into medicine. The devotion of Bellevue's staff during crisis after crisis to the most at risk groups - the indigent poor, homosexuals, immigrants, homeless and mental ill patients - is inspiring. The author definitely covers the warts of the hospital too, but he has decidedly positive view of Bellevue's 200+ year history. The narrator had a pleasant voice, not boring but not overly dramatic either. I ended up buying a copy of the book for my mom for Mother's Day (she loves medical history too). Lastly, if you are sensitive to animal suffering, there are two chapters that may upset you; one about a scientist who drowned and poisoned dogs to determine effects on the brain and body as the coroner/medical examiner, and about Hurricane Sandy when many lab animals drowned during the flood. The author is direct though not unnecessarily graphic (the hurricane sandy portion was more manageable to me than the first) so skip those bits if you think that will bother you.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,464

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

Great book for an aspiring physician

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-17

As someone beginning course work for medical school as a second career, I tell myself with a lot of anxieties. I had an expectation that anyone going into medical school must be naturally gifted in math and science. That didn't describe me at all, I have to work hard to get any type of good grade in those subjects. Reading Angela's book (and she is a great narrator by the way), helped me to understand that is more my effort that I put forth that any kind of inborn talent. Of course having talent helps, but it's not a requirement to be a great physician. I am feeling more confident in taking upper-level courses this semester that I was going to put off and take later. But knowing what I know now after reading her book, I feel sure that I can do well with the amount of effort, hard work and time I'm willing to devote to my education.