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County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital
     

County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital

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by David A. Ansell, Quentin Young
 

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ISBN-10: 0897336208

ISBN-13: 9780897336208

Pub. Date: 05/31/2011

Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated

The amazing tale of “County” is the story of one of America’s oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From its inception as a “poor house” dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has been renowned as a teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city’s uninsured.

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The amazing tale of “County” is the story of one of America’s oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From its inception as a “poor house” dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has been renowned as a teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city’s uninsured. Ansell covers more than thirty years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship, to the “Final Rounds” when the enormous iconic Victorian hospital building was replaced. Ansell writes of the hundreds of doctors who underwent rigorous training with him. He writes of politics, from contentious union strikes to battles against “patient dumping,” and public health, depicting the AIDS crisis and the Out of Printening of County’s HIV/AIDS clinic, the first in the city. And finally it is a coming-of-age story for a young doctor set against a backdrOut of Print of race, segregation, and poverty. This is a riveting account.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897336208
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction Quentin Young,
PROLOGUE The Hospital,
CHAPTER 1 1989: You Should Write That Book,
CHAPTER 2 1964–1978: Wounded Pigeon Syndrome,
CHAPTER 3 1977: Cook County Hospital: We'd Fit Right In,
CHAPTER 4 July 1978: Sink or Swim,
CHAPTER 5 1978: The Cure,
CHAPTER 6 1978: Is There a Doctor in the House?,
CHAPTER 7 General Medicine Clinic,
CHAPTER 8 ER,
CHAPTER 9 I Call It Murder,
CHAPTER 10 1979–1982: Battle-Worn,
CHAPTER 11 1981: County Will Do This to You,
CHAPTER 12 1983–1986: Amateur Sociologists,
CHAPTER 13 1983: Moving On,
CHAPTER 14 Working Against the Odds,
CHAPTER 15 1984: The Breast Cancer Screening Program,
CHAPTER 16 1985: I'm Sticking to the Union,
CHAPTER 17 1989–1992: Designed to Fail,
CHAPTER 18 I Felt Like a Human Being,
CHAPTER 19 AIDS and the Lessons Learned,
CHAPTER 20 Crossing the Threshold,
CHAPTER 21 2004: 'Til Death Do We Part,
CHAPTER 22 2002: Last Rounds,
CHAPTER 23 2008: "Déjà Vu All Over Again",
Acknowledgments,
Sources,

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COUNTY 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gerry65 More than 1 year ago
If you liked the show ER, you'll love this book. This is a one night read. I could not put it down. This book tells the story of a young doctor who goes to the legendary Cook County Hospital to train in the late 1970s. The hospital is a decrepit place, full of political patronage employees, short of supplies, and threatened for closure. It is fighting for it's life and the lives of the downtrodden patients, mostly Black and Mexican who have nowhere else to go. It speaks of battles and demonstrations, young doctors confronting patient dumping, AIDS and growing minions of uninsured. I received a pre- publication galley from a friend so the book is not officially out but when it comes, if you are interested in healthcare in America... Read this!