No One Was Turned Away: The Role of Public Hospitals in New York City Since 1900 / Edition 1

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No One Was Turned Away is a book about the importance of public hospitals to New York City. At a time when less and less value seems to be placed on public institutions, argues author Sandra Opdycke, it is both useful and prudent to consider what this particular set of public institutions has meant to this particular city over the last hundred years, and to ponder what its loss might mean as well. Opdycke suggests that if these public hospitals close or convert to private management - as is currently being discussed - then a vital element of the civic life of New York City will be irretrievably lost. The story is told primarily through the history of Bellevue Hospital, the largest public hospital in the city and the oldest in the nation. Following Bellevue through the twentieth century, Opdycke meticulously charts the fluctuating fortunes of the city's public hospital system and how medical technology, urban politics, changing immigration patterns, economic booms and busts, labor unions, health insurance, Medicaid, and managed care have interacted to shape both the social and professional environments of New York's public hospitals. Bellevue now faces financial and political pressures so acute that its very future is in doubt. Opdycke's book maintains that public hospitals will be as essential in the future as they have been in the past. This is a thoughtful and well-written study that will appeal to anyone interested in the history of medicine, public policy, urban affairs, or the City of New York.
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Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Medical Association
No One Was Turned Away should be required reading for urban officials, hospital administrators, and others struggling to provide care for the underserved.
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"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 The Encyclopedia of New York City

"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." —The Unionist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195140590
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 New Century, New Start: 1900-1910 17
2 Maintaining the Mission: 1910-1930 43
3 Help in Time of Trouble: 1930-1950 71
4 Many Voices, Many Claims: 1950-1965 99
5 The Limits of Reform: 1965-1970 131
6 Holding the Fort: After 1970 159
Conclusion 193
Notes 203
Bibliography 225
Index 237
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