Frankenstein-like experiments, no anesthesia and ‘child-torturing’ doctors: How Bellevue went from a desolate New York almshouse and mental hospital to top medical facility | Daily Mail Online

Bellevue Hospital, located on the east side of New York City, first opened its doors in 1736, and over the years has performed wild medical experiments and treated patients with deadly diseases.

  • Bellevue Hospital, located on the east side of New York City, first opened its doors in 1736
  • Over the years it has been home to patients suffering from deadly and infectious diseases and those suffering from vicious mental illnesses
  • Early on, it became known as a place that conducted Frankenstein-like experiments in the name of research – without anesthesia
  • Operations included performing electroshock therapy on young children and thousands of unnecessary liver biopsies on alcoholic patients
  • Bellevue’s 600 bed psychiatric building has been a revolving door for a long roster of celebrity patients including poet Sylvia Plath
  • Today, the Manhattan hospital’s emergency services are second to none
  • David Oshinsky gives a history of the hospital in his book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital 

Bellevue Hospital, located on the east side of New York City, first opened its doors in 1736 and began as a desolate almshouse, a pest house for persons afflicted with communicable diseases like cholera and a death house along the East River.

In its early years, the hospital treated everyone from yellow fever victims and cholera cases to any sufferers of infectious diseases including the plague, as well as general patients and those suffering from vicious mental illnesses.

It was New York’s quintessential public hospital where more than 100 languages could be translated by its staff, writes  David Oshinsky, in his new book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital, published by Doubleday.

Early on, it became known as a place that cared for mangled crime victims, the mentally ill and derelicts, and it was known for conducting Frankenstein-like experiments in the name of research – without anesthesia.

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