Hospital: An Oral History of Cook County Hospital

Overview

The future of medical care is now high on the nation's political agenda, but few understand what it is really like to treat America's ill in the very battle trenches of American medicine. In Hospital, Sydney Lewis, long-time assistant to Studs Terkel, uses Chicago's Cook County Hospital as a telling microcosm of both the human and the social problems we face as a country. Lewis's probing interviews with the widest possible range of people involved in running the hospital - from a former director to an elevator ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (63) from $1.99   
  • New (11) from $3.50   
  • Used (52) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 11 (2 pages)
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$3.50
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(2357)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
1995-01-01 Hardcover 0 New 1565841387 Ships Within 24 Hours. Tracking Number available for all USA orders. Excellent Customer Service. Upto 15 Days 100% Money Back Gurantee. Try ... Our Fast! ! ! ! Shipping With Tracking Number. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Bensalem, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$4.57
Seller since 2013

Feedback rating:

(401)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 1565841387! ! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! ! ENJOY OUR BEST PRICES! ! ! Ships Fast. All standard orders delivered within 5 to 12 business days.

Ships from: Southampton, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$4.57
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(269)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 1565841387 XCITING PRICES JUST FOR YOU. Ships within 24 hours. Best customer service. 100% money back return policy.

Ships from: Bensalem, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$4.57
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(684)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 1565841387! ! ! ! BEST PRICES WITH A SERVICE YOU CAN RELY! ! !

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$4.57
Seller since 2010

Feedback rating:

(914)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 1565841387 Friendly Return Policy. A+++ Customer Service!

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$4.57
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:

(720)

Condition: New
Hardcover New 1565841387 SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS WITH BEST PRICES. FROM A COMPANY YOU TRUST, HUGE SELECTION. RELIABLE CUSTOMER SERVICE! ! HASSLE FREE RETURN POLICY, SATISFACTION ... GURANTEED**** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Philadelphia, PA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$6.98
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: New
Brand New Condition. Ships the next day.

Ships from: Las Cruces, NM

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
$17.50
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(317)

Condition: New
1st Edition, Fine/Fine- Price clipped, o.w. clean, tight & bright. No ink names, tears, chips, foxing etc. Foreword by Barbara Ehrenreich ISBN 1565841387

Ships from: Troy, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$17.50
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(317)

Condition: New
1st Edition, Fine/VG+ 1/2" DJ tear top rear edge, o.w. clean, tight, bright. NO ink names, bookplates, underlines, foxing etc. Price unclipped. ISBN 1565841387

Ships from: Troy, NY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$45.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(146)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 2
Showing 1 – 10 of 11 (2 pages)
Close
Sort by
Sending request ...

Overview

The future of medical care is now high on the nation's political agenda, but few understand what it is really like to treat America's ill in the very battle trenches of American medicine. In Hospital, Sydney Lewis, long-time assistant to Studs Terkel, uses Chicago's Cook County Hospital as a telling microcosm of both the human and the social problems we face as a country. Lewis's probing interviews with the widest possible range of people involved in running the hospital - from a former director to an elevator operator, from a security guard to the head of the trauma unit - elicit extraordinary stories and frank assessments of the American medical system in general and Cook County Hospital in particular. Here are the exasperated yet hopeful accounts of the emergency-room doctors who, horrified by the bullet-riddled bodies of the same teenagers month after month, have started an anti-violence education program in the schools. Here is an angry account of the rise of tuberculosis, a disease long thought eliminated, as well as the more familiar tribulations of those dealing with AIDS, drugs, and the other plagues of postindustrial society. Here, too, are older doctors recalling the corrupt and patronage-driven old days, when a note from your alderman was enough to get a job or a few months of bed rest for an obstreperous relative.

Based on interviews w/a resident/clinicians/an elevator operator/police officer/nursing student/administrators/etc.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These brief, first-person narratives by physicians and other, often international, staff members of Chicago's venerable, 87-year-old Cook County Hospital are recorded and introduced by freelance writer Lewis, a former assistant to Studs Terkel. Eloquently, she demonstrates how needs overwhelm capacity in America's large public hospitals, which ``have become, in effect, a national health care system.'' In emergency, interns and residents practice ``battlefield medicine,'' caring for the mostly minority victims of violence, accidents and social deprivation, with patients serving as ``teaching materials.'' Most of the medical-service employees and patients depicted, from the head of the Pediatrics Trauma Center to a female security guard, share the same dedication to County and yearn for health care reform. A gripping report from the trenches, this is the author's debut book. (Jan.)
Library Journal
For this oral history, Lewis, a longtime assistant to Studs Terkel, has collected interviews of 62 doctors, administrators, former patients, and staff members at all levels of Chicago's only public hospital. An 80-year-old "medical museum" with a reputation for innovative programming, Cook County Hospital has over 6000 employees and a clientele drawn from Chicago's poorest and most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Stories of egregious political corruption and neglect, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, and heartrending contemporary tragedies of urban violence and child abuse are balanced with other anecdotes of devotion and heroism. Despite its almost battlefield conditions, "County" clearly attracts the loyalty of remarkable people who are energized by the opportunity to make a difference in one of the country's most challenging medical environments. This book both honors these individuals and critiques the healthcare and political environments in which they practice. An excellent acquisition for most libraries.-Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Booknews
Lewis, once an assistant to Studs Terkel, brings both the master's interviewing skills and his compassion to bear on the frontline trenches of American medicine, the continually embattled Cook County Hospital of Chicago, the hospital upon which the smash TV hit "ER" is said to be loosely based. Her interviews with the widest possible range of people involved in running the hospital--from a former director to an elevator operator and a security guard--elicit fascinating stories and frank assessments of the American medical system in general and "County" in particular. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
William Beatty
In 62 interviews, Lewis presents a fascinating picture of one of the largest U.S. public hospitals during the past 50 years. She draws on a wide range of informants, from a transporter and an elevator operator to a resident and the chairman of a department. Skills derived from previous work with Studs Terkel help Lewis bring out the personal, social, political, and religious views of her subjects. Intense feeling about the hospital--whether of love, respect, frustration, or even hatred--binds the diverse informants together. A nurse sums up the pervasive attitude: "I like the freedom, to do things for patients and really be where you're needed." Karl Meyer, Jim Haughton, and Quentin Young--the most forceful and controversial hospital leaders during the period covered--receive both favorable and unfavorable comments. The hospital itself--provider of health care for the poor and underserved, capable of arousing intense loyalty among its patients, and prized as one of the best sources of postgraduate medical education--is, however, the star of the book.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565841383
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 349
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)