The Black Angels - The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis

The Black Angels - The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis

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Book, 428 pages, 2023
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The Black Angels - The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis

In the pre-antibiotic days when tuber­culosis stirred people’s darkest fears, killing one in seven, white nurses at Sea View, New York’s largest municipal hospital, began quitting in masses. 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.

Spanning the Great Depression and moving through World War II and beyond, this remarkable true story follows the intrepid young women known by their patients as the “Black Angels.” For twenty years, they risked their lives working under appalling conditions while caring for New York’s poorest residents, who languished in wards, waiting to die, or became guinea pigs for experimental surgeries and often deadly drugs. But despite their major role in desegregating the New York City hospital system and 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.

ISBN #: 9780593544921

Author: M. Smilios