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Source: NBC

NBC's Medical Drama 'New Amsterdam' Is Actually Based on a True Story

By Anna Quintana

NBC's latest medical drama New Amsterdam will follow Dr. Max Goodwin, the hospital's new director, as he attempts to tear up the bureaucracy and provide the best medical care. 

As expected, Dr. Goodwin, played by Blacklist star Ryan Eggold, hits a few bumps on his quest to disrupt the status quo. However, is New Amsterdam based on a true story — or just another fictional ER-esque series? 

It turns out, NBC actually based the TV show on Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the United States. According to the hospital's Wikipedia page, the medical institution holds the records for being the first to open a maternity ward in 1799 and having the first physicians to report that tuberculosis was a treatable disease (1889).

In 1967, Bellevue performed the first cadaver kidney transplant and more recently, the hospital treated Ebola patient Craig Spencer.