NBC's New Amsterdam series has been winning over fans around the world especially its Season 5 was aired. The much-awaited New Amsterdam Season 5 was released on January 17, 2023, on NBC and started buzzing among Americans and the world. With a total of 89 episodes over five seasons, the series was helmed by David Schulner and stars Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Janet Montgomery, Jocko Sims, Anupam Kher, Tyler Labine, and Sandra Mae Frank. Notably, in India, New Amsterdam is available on Netflix, however, fans can only access the medical drama up to the second season as all five seasons are not available. To be precise, New Amsterdam is a medical drama series that revolves around the character named Max Goodwin who after becoming the medical director of one of the United States' oldest public hospitals, he sets out to reform the institution's neglected and outdated facilities to treat the patients. Now, for fans who have become recent fans of the medical drama series, the question arises whether New Amsterdam is a true story or New Amsterdam is a real story or not.

The answer to this question is Yes. New Amsterdam is a true story inspired by the life of Dr. Eric Manheimer and his book Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Eric Manheimer served as chief medical officer of Bellevue Hospital for 15 years before leaving in 2012. His book comes from years of journaling his observations while on the job. "I wanted to tell the story of the social and political things festering in this country, but I wanted to tell the patients' stories that could narrate it," he wrote in Twelve Patients, according to Med Page Today. "So I went through the notebooks and chose 12 patients that illustrated 12 important themes."

Who is Dr. Eric Manheimer and where is he now?

Dr. Eric Manheimer was a professor of medicine at [New Hampshire’s] Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He worked in the intensive care unit (ICU) and also took care of patients in the hospital. Notably, Dr. Eric Manheimer is one of the writers, and also a producer of the New Amsterdam series. Notably, Dr. Eric Manheimer battled throat cancer in his life, and in New Amsterdam, the character of Max Goodwin is also seen suffering from it.

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Why series on New Amsterdam?

New Amsterdam revolves around United States' oldest public hospitals and Dr. Eric Manheimer's inspiring story. For the unversed, Bellevue is the oldest hospital in the country, dating back to 1736. Although it's mostly known for its psychiatric ward which includes patients with many native languages as well as prisoners from Rikers Island- it also has an obstetrics ward, a pediatric ward, and other hospital services (Manheimer noted that two of his own grandchildren were born at Bellevue). However, because it's such a busy hospital, the crew can only film scenes at Bellevue on the weekends, so the series producers also use some formerly "mothballed" inpatient units at Kings County as well as two soundstages in Westchester County, where they can reproduce specialized sets such as an ICU.


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