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A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century.
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 Dr. John W. Thackery (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Dr. Algernon Edwards (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Herman Barrow (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Cornelia Robertson (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Lucy Elkins (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr. (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Sister Harriet / ... (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Dr. Everett Gallinger (20 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Tom Cleary (19 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Captain August Robertson (15 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Nurse Pell (14 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Eleanor (13 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Nurse Baker (12 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Jesse Edwards (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Henry Robertson (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Phillip Showalter (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Eldon Pouncey (11 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Mr. Havershorn (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Jimmy (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Ping Wu (10 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Abigail Alford (9 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Lin-Lin (9 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Victoria Robertson (9 episodes, 2014-2015)
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 Monsignor Joseph Mills Lawlor (9 episodes, 2014-2015)
(9 episodes, 2014-2015)
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A look at the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York's Knickerbocker Hospital during the early part of the twentieth century. Every day they must deal with lack of funding, personal conflicts, egotism, racial tensions, personal vices, drug addiction, affairs, closed minds, dated nigh-medieval medical techniques and them and their experimental new techniques being misunderstood by most, in order to keep the hospital going and give the ill the help they need. The pressure is enormous and leaves its mark on the souls of most of them.

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Modern medicine had to start somewhere. (Season 1)

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While a guest on the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air," Dr. Stanley Burns (a photographic and medical historian who is a technical adviser to the TV series) said that the character of Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen) is addicted to cocaine because Thackery is partly modeled on a real doctor from the period, William Halsted, who really was a cocaine addict. Halsted became addicted to cocaine because, Burns explained, it was common then for doctors to test new procedures and medicines on themselves, and cocaine, which was thought to be a good possible new surgical anesthetic, was not yet understood to be addictive. Dr. Christiansen, played by Matt Frewer, mentions that Halsted introduced him to the drug. See more »

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Dark and disturbing and brilliant
3 October 2014 | by (Greenwich Village, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Wow, what a dark and disturbing series, and it's excellent. The racism portrayed on The Knick is worse than that in 12 Years a Slave, but it takes place in NYC around the turn of the 20th Century. Even the "heroes," the smart ones, are racists, although they gradually overcome prejudice when presented with a Model Negro, the brilliant surgeon and inventor portrayed by Andre Holland. But every black person in the city is one wrong move away from lynching by the Irish cops and the Irish populace. And that's just one theme: the hospital portrayed in The Knick is in the forefront of surgical innovation, mostly advances in stanching bleeding while sewing up internal injuries. There are lots of shots of internal organs and blood oozing out of human bodies, more gruesome than anything I've ever seen. (The show strives for accuracy in its portrayal of medical history.) The lead surgeon, portrayed by Clive Owen, performs miracles while addicted to every drug available in the hospital and in Chinatown, where he spends all his off-duty time. It's a powerful show, and the only reason why I continue to subscribe to Cinemax. The show is created and often directed by genius Steven Soderburgh. And it's filmed in New York, which gives it greater authenticity. And an electronic music score mesmerizes.


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