There's a doctor in the Big House, and he has some chillingly funny tales about his patients.
In his chilling and hilarious memoir, Maximum Insecurity: A Doctor in the Supermax, now-seasoned supermax prison physician William Wright shares his initiation into hard truths learned on the job. These include how to respond to ridiculous prisoner requests and lawsuits, the paperwork he came to know intimately, the irritable bowels that seem to accompany prison life, and the nth degree of idiocy in most attempts at manipulation of authority by prison denizens. Interesting, well-written, and funny, this book deserves a wide readership.
-- Carrie Wallace, ForeWord Clarion Reviews
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I wish the author had given more details about himself and less of the history of the Colorado Penitentiary. And more varied interactions between himself and staff and the prisoners would also have made the book more interesting. Its really too bad, because this is a topic that is very interesting to me and I was hoping for better.
I never want to hear the word "excruciating" again. Nor do I want to hear someone complain about their bowels. We get it already.
And for a doctor, the line "but this is America, where you can get rich by pouring coffee in your own lap" is just plain lazy. That's the most painfully oversimplified lawsuit in the country. One mention was cringe-inducing enough, but to have to read it multiple times was downright annoying.
The worst part though was the fact that the whole book carries this "I'm better than you" and "I don't care" kind of tone. You can write about criminals without being smug and insulting every other person in your story. Well, some people can anyway.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly entertaining book. I work in a medical call center and thought I had it bad some days. This book made me appreciate my job while giving me a few laugh out loud... Read morePublished 17 days ago by 25bamom
I enjoyed the book - I purchased it in hopes of learning about the day to day life in a correctional clinic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Mattocks
Fresh viewpoint of what it's like to work in our prison system. It's nice to know that some people have integrity and do the right thing no mater what they're told or led to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Russ
The humor, humanity and insight held my attention the entire time. Highly recommended for its medical humor. Highly recommend this book.Published 2 months ago by Welch
This book took place in Colorado, but I worked medical in Jackson, Ga. for 8 years and these prisoners must have a union!!! I swear they are the same everywhere. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JK
An insider's take on a necessary job, but done with humor and insight.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Prison medical is a totally different world that no one on the outside even considers. This book takes you behind the walls and explains the real prison world with humor for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Linda S.
This was a great read. Well-written and humorous. I would definitely read more by this author.Published 2 months ago by Kristopher S. Wheeler
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