News, Events, Reviews


Upcoming Events:

“Guest speaker, Albert Einstein College of Medicine TB Interlab Celebration”: July 28, 2023

The Black Angels Book Launch and Event–Staten Island Museum: September 23, 2023, 2-3:30. Join me in conversation with historian and genealogist Dr. Debbie-Ann Paige and Virginia Allen (click for more information)

“On the Black Angels”: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine TB Research Day: June 5, 2023

“A Conversation with Maria Smilios”: Johns Hopkins Nursing School: June 6, 2023


CBS NY News Interview with Virginia Allen talking about The Black Angels, racism, Sea View, and tuberculosis for Women’s History Month: March 27, 2023

“The Little Known Story of the Black Angels” Yahoo! Finance


Advance Praise:

“With a detective’s tenacity, Maria Smilios pays tribute to the Black Angels, that compassionate cadre of nurses whose meticulous record keeping helped buttress the clinical trials that led to a pivotal breakthrough in the treatment of tuberculosis. She weaves their personal journeys with their professional devotion to the indigent, incurable patients whose care became their cause even as they were unwelcome in most American hospitals because of their race.”

— A’Lelia Bundles, author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker

“The Black Angels are our guides in the story of the battle to defeat tuberculosis, a cadre of women who left the Jim Crow South and fought for their own equality in New York while nursing the great city’s incurable castoffs. Decades of work with dying patients made the Black Angels into invaluable experts when test after desperate test came in the search for a cure. In richly written, capacious prose, Maria Smilios weaves medical history with personal stories of kindness and redemption in a science thriller told on a human scale.”

–Judy Melinek, M.D., and T. J. Mitchell, authors of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

“I’ve never read anything like The Black Angels, a tale of medical horror and heroism that recalls The Hot Zone as much as it does Hidden Figures. Smilios plunges the reader into the festering tuberculosis wards of 1930s New York, where death was airborne, inevitable — until a few brave nurses changed the lives of millions. This is extraordinary nonfiction.”

— Jason Fagone, author of The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America’s Enemies

“Edna, Missouria, and Virginia answered a call for nurses and changed the world. These courageous women who desegregated hospitals and tamed an airborne killer at last receive necessary, poignant recognition in Maria Smilios’ exquisitely rendered history.”

— Sarah Rose, author of D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II


Dr. Madhu Pai, esteemed epidemiologist, added The Black Angels to an  “impressive list of . . .new amazing books on global health”

Youtube book reviewer abookolive named The Black Angels “one of the most anticipated book releases for September”:

Book blogger booklistqueen listed it under “Popular September Upcoming Releases”

Editorial Reviews:

Kirkus: “A breathless . . . illuminating conquest-of-disease narrative . . . readers will gnash their teeth at what follows”