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No One Was Turned Away: The Role of Public Hospitals in New York City Since 1900 Paperback – 1 Aug 2000

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"Detailed and well-researched....Should be required reading for urban officials, hospital administrators, and others struggling to provide care for the underserved."—

"The twentieth-century transformation of urban hospitals, from small-size and small-budget institutions to huge complexes with thousands of employees, multiple buildings, and billion-dollar budgets, is a story that few people have understood and that fewer still have studied. Comparing two world-famous medical centers—one public, one private—Sandra Opdycke demonstrates with grace and elegance why a taxpayer-funded municipal system is the best way to meet the health care needs of the nation's neediest citizens."—Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University, Editor-in-Chief of

"Public hospitals have long played an essential, integral role in American society. Visible, responsive to public pressures, and, above all, inclusive, these hospitals are perhaps nowhere so visible as in New York City. They are brilliantly portrayed in Sandra Opdycke's fascinating book, which will be of interest to historians and policy-makers alike."—Joel D. Howell, University of Michigan

"Sandra Opdycke's book combines urban history, social history, and the history of medicine in exemplary fashion. By comparing two notable hospitals, Bellevue and New York Hospital, she shows readers all that a public system could provide for its citizens. At a time when public hospitals are under attack, her history offers critical guidelines for policy."—David J. Rothman, Columbia University

"This is a dramatic, impeccably researched, and well-told story of two important American hospitals, Bellevue and New York Hospital, as their sponsors negotiated the hospitals' roles through decades of change. Focusing on the two great traditions of urban hospital care represented in these institutions, one public and one private, this book is a major contribution to the history of American hospitals, urban history in general, and in particular to the social and political history of New York City."—Rosemary Stevens, University of Pennsylvania

"This book examines hospital development in New York City, and by doing so it serves as a microcosm for understanding hospital development nationwide." —

"It would be hard to read this eloquently written, well-dicumented narrative in all its fascinating detail without recognising the importance of the roles that these hospitals have had in the development of New York City."—

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Sandra Opdycke is Adjunct Visiting Professor in the Department of Urban Studies at Vassar College and Associate Director of the Institution in Social Policy at Fordham University.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The public's health 5 April 2001
By Robert G. Johnson - Published on
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Having spent most of my life in inner city academic medical institutions, I thought I knew much about the healthcare of the underprivileged. Having never worked in a truly public hospital, however, it wasn't until I read Opdyke's very readable book comparing a traditional academic, private hospital (New York Hospital) with a public one (Bellvue) that I could understand the real difference between the two. The book is well-written and easily read. There are sufficient facts to support her premises. It is a mark the book's worth, that I only lament that the author condensed some time periods that could have been even more detailed. Still, this is a must read for anyone commited to healthcare, but who has never had the experience of working in a public hospital. It raises many important issues that must be solved if universal healthcare is ever to become a reality in this country. Five stars!
Five Stars 22 July 2014
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Very informative if you are interested in NYC's health care system.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Perfect library book to be read for free... 9 Feb. 2010
By Lynn - Published on
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I was interested in learning about the history of hospital care in NYC and I thought the parallel comparison between Bellevue and New York Hospital had potential. While there is some information from the historical record to be found, the author makes the reader waste too much time slogging through her personal bias to get to the historical fact. Following the author's premise that health care is a right and should, therefore, be free, I trust she also supports google copying books for free placement on the internet. Knowledge and information are also rights and should be free...therefore, this is a library book only...most definitely not worth the $60 price but purchased only one time and then loaned over and over again, never to result in royalty payments.
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