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"When it comes to the stories of his patients, many of whom he cared for over decades from clinic to hospital to funeral, Ansell soars." — New York Times
"With the nation's focus on a national health-care policy providing quality medical services to citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, and income level, Ansell's exposé will shock and motivate readers to take a stand on the issue." — Publishers Weekly
"Ansell skillfully humanizes questions of health-care policy by describing real-life scenarios... his gift for making the connections between social forces and medical care, coupled with the vivid patient stories interspersed with trenchant critiques of the politics of health care, makes this work stand out."
— Library Journal
Posted March 20, 2011
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!
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Posted August 5, 2014
As a fellow inner-city, Chicago-trained physician, I found Dr Ansell's description of his medical journey remarkable.It is a very honest account of his triumphs and mistakes in a virtual war zone of American health care. He highlights the tragedy of our systematic health care rationing, based upon income and race. He describes the political gamesmanship in Chicago which many of us struggled with in providing equitable care. He is to be commended for his courage and persistence in fighting for equal access to care in Chicago. This book is a must read for those interested in American health care, especially those who assume the ACA has fixed the problems.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.