Category: SOM Voices

Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital

Gabriel Redel-Traub interviews Dr. David Oshinsky Last month, I had the pleasure of sitting down with David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine. He is the author of Bellevue:Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital and won the Pulitzer prize for his book Polio: An American Story. Gabriel Redel-Traub: Dr. Oshinsky, thanks so much for meeting with me. David Oshinsky: My pleasure. GRT: I really enjoyed reading your new [read more]

Posthumous Portraiture Exhibit at the Folk Art Museum

By Gabriel Redel-Traub There is something eerie about walking into the Folk Art Museum’s posthumous portraiture exhibit. The last line of the introductory panel to the exhibit reads: “We cannot help but hear them whisper ‘remember me.'” This sentiment rings true. The exhibit is split into three rooms and filled with portraits of apparently posthumous subjects. I say apparently, because to a 21st century viewer, nothing in these portraits would indicate that the subjects were dead at the time they [read more]

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