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The Black Angels : the untold story of the nurses who helped cure tuberculosis.  Cover Image Book Book

The Black Angels : the untold story of the nurses who helped cure tuberculosis

Smilios, Maria (author.).

Summary: "During those dark pre-antibiotic days, when tuberculosis killed one in seven people, white nurses at Sea View, New York's largest municipal hospital, began quitting. Desperate to avert a public health crisis, city officials summoned Black southern nurses, luring them with promises of good pay, a career, and an escape from the strictures of Jim Crow. But after arriving, they found themselves on an isolated hilltop in the remote borough of Staten Island, yet again confronting racism and consigned to a woefully understaffed facility, dubbed "the pest house" where "no one left alive." Spanning the Great Depression and moving through World War II and beyond, this story follows the intrepid young women, the "Black Angels," who, for twenty years, risked their lives working under dreadful conditions while caring for the city's poorest--1,800 souls languishing in wards, waiting to die or become "guinea pigs" for experimental (often deadly) drugs. Yet despite their major role in desegregating the NYC hospital system--and regardless of their vital work in helping to find the cure for tuberculosis at Sea View-these nurses were completely erased from history. The Black Angels recovers the voices of these extraordinary women and puts them at the center of this riveting story celebrating their legacy and spirit of survival"--

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593544938
  • ISBN: 0593544927
  • ISBN: 9780593544921
  • Physical Description: xx, 428 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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  • Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2023]

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: A note to readers -- Remembrance of things past -- Part I : 1929-1935. The call for nurses -- The preacher's daughter -- The wager -- Harlem -- Contagion on the island -- The most magnificent institution -- The scourge -- Elke -- Vows -- The thoracoplasty -- The movement -- The breakthrough -- The riot -- Part II : 1936-1939. Ward 64 -- A president's son -- What they carried -- The elixer -- "Reserved for whites" -- The fight -- The offer -- Homecoming -- Part III : 1940-1944. Dr. Edward Robitzek -- Arrivals -- The prisoner -- "Al hit paydirt!" -- "Ich Hoffe Du Wirst Krank" -- Part IV : 1944-1949. The nature of things -- "In the business of dying" -- Promise -- 188 Wheeler Avenue -- Firsts -- Dark places -- A brighter future -- The second call -- "Magic germ killer" -- New beginning -- "If one had some streptomycin" -- Part V : 1949-1952. Rumors -- Mamie -- The carnation -- On the open ward -- A funeral to rejoice -- The apparitions -- A trial of five -- "Do not say a thing" -- The wonder drug -- Breaking glass -- Epilogue.
Subject: Seaview Hospital (Staten Island, New York, N.Y.)
African American nurses New York (State) New York Biography
Nurses New York (State) New York Biography
Tuberculosis Patients New York (State) New York
Epidemics New York (State) Biography
African Americans
Nursing
Tuberculosis
Black or African American
Nurses
Nursing
Tuberculosis
Infirmières noires américaines New York (État) New York Biographies
Infirmières New York (État) New York Biographies
Tuberculeux New York (État) New York
Épidémies New York (État) Biographies
Noirs américains
Infirmières
Soins infirmiers
Tuberculose
African American
nurses
nursing (health science)
African American nurses
Nurses
Tuberculosis Patients
New York (State) New York
Genre: Biographies.
Biographies.
Biographies.
Biography

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