American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

by Victoria Johnson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631494192
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 964
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Victoria Johnson, a former Cullman
Fellow, is currently an associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College (City University of New
York), where she teaches on the history of nonprofits, philanthropy, and New York City.

Table of Contents

To the Reader xi

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 "Tear in Pieces the Doctors" 15

Chapter 2 "An Endless Source of Innocent Delight" 38

Chapter 3 "Ripping Open My Belly" 52

Chapter 4 "He Is As Good As the Theatre" 70

Chapter 5 "The Grass Is Three Feet High in the Streets" 94

Chapter 6 "Doctor, I Despair" 117

Chapter 7 "There Are No Informed People Here" 127

Chapter 8 "H-K Is Enough, and Even That Unnecessary" 151

Chapter 9 "This Delicious Banquet" 169

Chapter 10 "I Long To See Captain Lewis" 192

Chapter 11 "Strange Noises, Low Spirits" 203

Chapter 12 "Such A Piece of Downright Imposture" 219

Chapter 13 "You Know, Better Than Any Man" 233

Chapter 14 "Instead of Creeping Along the Earth" 250

Chapter 15 "Your Fortunate City" 274

Chapter 16 "Expulsion from the Garden of Eden" 295

Chapter 17 "Like A Romance" 318

Epilogue 329

Acknowledgments 337

Notes 345

Sources and Bibliography 407

Illustration Credits 437

Index 443

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American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ElizabethRS More than 1 year ago
I read mostly fiction, but this was a great foray into American history. David Hosack devoted his life to establishing the first botanical garden in the US, along with educating medical students and doctors about the importance of plants in the treatment of disease. It is incredible how the author was able to weave so much historical, political, medical, and botanical/scientific material into such an engaging story. Johnson’s prose is melodic. As a physician myself, I particularly enjoyed the historical medical anecdotes. Hosack was quite a character!