Maria Similios


Maria Smilios was born in New York City. In 2016, while working at Springer Science, she learned about the extraordinary story described in her first book, The Black Angels: The Untold Story of the Nurses Who Helped Cure Tuberculosis.

Carol Sutton Lewis


Carol Sutton Lewis is a co-host of Lost Women of Science and co-presented our third season about Yvonne Y. Clark, “The First Lady of Engineering.” She is also host and producer of the award-winning podcast Ground Control Parenting with Carol Sutton Lewis.

Sophie McNulty


Sophie McNulty has worked for a wide range of podcasts, including Gardening with the RHS, Freakonomics Radio, and Safe Space Radio. She produced the first two seasons of Lost Women of Science: “The Pathologist in the Basement” and “A Grasshopper in Tall Grass.”

Episode Description

In the first of a new series we’re calling Lost Women of Science Conversations—and a fitting choice for Black History Month—we talk to Maria Smilios, author of a new book that tells the story of Black nurses who were lured from the Jim Crow South to work at a tuberculosis (TB) hospital called Sea View on Staten Island, N.Y. Facing unsanitary conditions and racial prejudice, these “Black Angels” cared for TB patients for decades before a cure that they helped develop was found. It’s a story of bravery and dedication that Smilios pieced together from oral histories and medical records because there were no archives that described these nurses’ work.

Virginia Allen - credit Maria Smilios
Missouria Louvinia Meadows-Walker & Carrie Tudor credit Bernice Alleyne
Nurse Blanche Newton, featured in The New York Times
Missouria Louvinia Meadows-Walker


  • Keren Mevorach; book cover credit: courtesy of G. P. Putnam’s Sons.


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