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Michael Crichton takes a look at venerable Massachusetts General, giving firsthand accounts of five true and poignant cases which reveal the near-miraculous proficiency--and sometimes alarming inefficiency--of a major city hospital. A dramatic, behind-the-scenes tale from the author of Sphere. Reissue.
Posted March 12, 2004
Five Patients Michael Crichton wrote his best selling book, Five Patients. Personally, I didn¿t care for the book that much. I would, however, recommend this book to any one who likes E.R. or is just interested in medical treatment, care, medicine, or history. This book took place in the 1960¿s when Massachusetts General Hospital had a busy day with no backup personal. There are five patients who tell this story about their experiences in the hospital. Ralph Orlando told his story in ¿Now and Then,¿ the first chapter. This chapter was about the regular things that go on in the hospital day to day. Then John O¿Connor, with ¿The Cost of the Cure¿ in the second chapter, tells about how much it costs for the cure they need for different patients. After him, Peter Luchesie tells his part in the ¿Surgical Tradition.¿ It is about traditions of the hospital and gives information about the hospital. Sylvia Thompson in the ¿Medical Transition,¿ of the hospital. Finally Edith Murphy in chapter five tells about the ¿Patient and Doctor.¿ The over all arrangement of this book is good. It gets its point across, makes you more aware of what happened on a day at Massachusetts General Hospital, some medical terms, and treatments. It is a fairly easy reader for any one interested in medical history, treatments, or in knowing more about an accident that occurred in the 1960¿s. Five Patients is a great book for you to read if you would like to know more about the medical transition that took place at Massachusetts General Hospital and some medical terms. It will make you more aware of medical terms, and the transitions of that hospital since then.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 7, 2003
I am a huge Crichton fan, both of his fiction and non-fiction works. I feel that Five Patients gives a decent enough description of modern medicine (in the early 70's, when the book was written), but where the book really shines is in its informational inserts. This book is not about characters or suspense, it is about a hospital: that big, white, cement building located in most towns. If that does not interest you, stay far away. However, if it does or if you just feel like obtaining a better grasp of the history and reasoning behind the hospital, pick up a copy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 26, 2001
Posted November 10, 2000
This is not an accurate depiction in the least of the medical world. This gives people a horribly distorted impression of what modern medicine is.
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Posted January 26, 2010
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