Five Patients: The Hospital Explained

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In this incisive, detailed survey of five patients, famous thriller author and doctor Michael Crichton explores the dramatic workings of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston's oldest and most prestigious.
This readable account covers not only the history of the hospital's place in society,...
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Overview

"Crichton has an extraordinary capacity to seize upon, then make real and personal, the new and the complex, the intriguing and the frighening."
THE NATION
In this incisive, detailed survey of five patients, famous thriller author and doctor Michael Crichton explores the dramatic workings of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston's oldest and most prestigious.
This readable account covers not only the history of the hospital's place in society, but also the actual minute-to-minute functions of Mass General, where health professionals wage their daily battle against disease and death. Crichton's insightful look at the changes in medicine and surgery caused by technological strides of recent years makes for amazing reading.

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780345354648
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/13/1989
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.89 (h) x 0.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2004

    Five Patients

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    Remember: It's Non-fiction.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2001

    KICK ASS

    THIS BOOK IS SIMPLY THE BEST

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2000

    BAD BOOK

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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