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Hospital: An Oral History of Cook County Hospital Hardcover – January, 1995

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ISBN-13: 978-1565841383 ISBN-10: 1565841387 Edition: 0th

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From Publishers Weekly

These brief, first-person narratives by physicians and other, often international, staff members of Chicago's venerable, 87-year-old Cook County Hospital are recorded and introduced by freelance writer Lewis, a former assistant to Studs Terkel. Eloquently, she demonstrates how needs overwhelm capacity in America's large public hospitals, which "have become, in effect, a national health care system." In emergency, interns and residents practice "battlefield medicine," caring for the mostly minority victims of violence, accidents and social deprivation, with patients serving as "teaching materials." Most of the medical-service employees and patients depicted, from the head of the Pediatrics Trauma Center to a female security guard, share the same dedication to County and yearn for health care reform. A gripping report from the trenches, this is the author's debut book.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

For this oral history, Lewis, a longtime assistant to Studs Terkel, has collected interviews of 62 doctors, administrators, former patients, and staff members at all levels of Chicago's only public hospital. An 80-year-old "medical museum" with a reputation for innovative programming, Cook County Hospital has over 6000 employees and a clientele drawn from Chicago's poorest and most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Stories of egregious political corruption and neglect, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, and heartrending contemporary tragedies of urban violence and child abuse are balanced with other anecdotes of devotion and heroism. Despite its almost battlefield conditions, "County" clearly attracts the loyalty of remarkable people who are energized by the opportunity to make a difference in one of the country's most challenging medical environments. This book both honors these individuals and critiques the healthcare and political environments in which they practice. An excellent acquisition for most libraries.
Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 349 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565841387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565841383
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan J Scharrer MD on April 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
An absolutely fascinating unvarnished first hand look at one of the premier institutions of medicine. Recommended reading to all who are in medicine or contemplating a career in the medical field. Clearly portrays those whom are truly devoted to the CARING of the sick and also clearly and dramatically demonstrates the disparity in our health care system. Most importantly, Ms. Lewis provides a look at our health care system from EVERYONE involved- Housekeepers, patients, nurses aides, all the way to the executives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cook County RN on January 13, 2012
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Many of the interviews are distorted by the respondents I personally was a student on affiliation between June 1957 and December of 1957. I then returned to work as a Registered Nurse after graduation from Illinois Masonic Hospital and was employed by County Hospital in the Recovery Room the only unit where extremely ill patients were admitted .At that time ICU was not yet available. The experience was extremely gratifying. I remember it vividly .I am still employed as a registered nurse working in the home health field. Cook County will always hold a special place in my heart.Hospital: an oral history of cook county hospital
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By catherine thornhill on May 14, 2015
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Very interesting and very well written
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