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
     
 

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The amazing tale of County' is the story of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban hospitals.See more details below

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The amazing tale of County' is the story of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban hospitals.

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Abigail Zuger
…more than the usual collection of medical war stories…when it comes to the stories of his patients, many of whom he cared for over decades, from clinic to hospital to funeral, Dr. Ansell soars. These sketches are, to be sure, the standard-issue material of a good doctor trying to do right by a set of immensely beleaguered fellow citizens. But unlike fairy tales, we cannot have too many of these stories in circulation, to bear witness, to inform and to inspire.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly
Ansell's dramatic account of the 17 years he spent at Chicago's 160-year-old public Cook County Hospital (now John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital), rising from intern to chief of the General Internal Medicine and Primary Care Division, presents chilling proof of the indignities, interminable lines, inexcusable delays, inferior facilities, and incomplete care received by uninsured, mostly African-American patients. At County ("a petri dish for vermin"), where clerks ruled the mostly open wards and unsupervised interns learned by trial and error on a "battlefield of medicine," he and his colleagues fought against party politics for funds to keep County open and establish pioneering services (e.g., breast cancer screening, HIV/AIDs care). 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. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897336321
Publisher:
Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
667,570
File size:
2 MB

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