Bel-Vue, a few miles from New York, on the East River is now considered by the people at large as A House of Death," wrote a popular pamphleteer. "So odious is the idea of being put there as to lessen one's chance of recover." Almshouse, pesthouse, death house -- these are the indelible roots of Bellevue Hospital, thrust deep in the bedrock of America's fastest-growing city.
This was at a time when most people went their whole lives without ever seeing a doctor of any description; their whole lives... get it?
Someone needs to trademark all these wonderful hospital names: Almshouse, pesthouse, death-house
People are dying to get in!!