Set in downtown New York in 1900, “The Knick” centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. “The Knick” Season 1 premieres Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Cinemax.