On a clear morning in July 1804, Alexander Hamilton stepped onto a boat at the edge of the Hudson River. He was bound for a New Jersey dueling ground to settle his bitter dispute with Aaron Burr. Hamilton took just two men with him: his “second” for the duel, and Dr. David Hosack.As historian Victoria Johnson reveals in her groundbreaking biography, Hosack was one of the few points the duelists did agree on. Summoned that morning because of h...
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- This is a great view of medical science/practice/botany/pharmacology in the early Republic, and to illustrate how important science was to the founding and next generation. You know, before willful ignorance became popular.
- really enjoyed this. Had no idea one of our first botanical gardens was located where rockefeller center is now. Lots of interesting characters and historical events framed in a different perspective, with medicine and botany taking central roles.bit depressing that the garden didnt really get its due, but an enjoyable read
- If you are into history especially medical history. This is the book for you. I learned so many fascinating facts about American medicine from this book. I’ve never actually taken the time to consider how medical advances are made but this book explains a lot about what was happening in the early 1800s in the medical field.
- American Eden is the story of Dr. Hosack a doctor who believed botany and the study of plants would help medicine. In the late 1700's and 1800's he created a garden in what is now Rockefeller Center. He was doctor to A Hamilton and A Burr. This biography is well worth reading.
- American Eden is a well-researched, readable, compelling history of the life of David Hosack. His life provides an engrossing narrative including descriptions of botany, medicine and political networks in the young United States.
- The birth of a nation and one New York City botanist/doctor who dedicated his life to putting medicine and botanical science on a par with the Old World