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American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

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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 f
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Liveright
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Shelley
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-history
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.
Colleen
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-nature
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
Anna
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Maryellie
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Kathleen
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Gaby Chapman
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Victoria Johnson loves history, gardens, and opera. She earned her undergraduate degree in philosophy at Yale and her doctorate in sociology at Columbia. She teaches on the history of philanthropy, the arts, the natural environment, and New York City at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Her latest book, AMERICAN EDEN, is a biography of the doctor at the Hamilton-Burr duel, David H ...more
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