Graduated Belvidere, Illinois High School, University of Illinois pre-medical, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine degree. Internship Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago. Internal Medicine Fellowhip, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN and Occupational Medicine Residency UCSF. Three years U.S. Army Medical Corps, Hospital Commander, Germany. Private practice of medicine Wisconsin, Hawaii and New Mexico. Now living in Scottsdale, AZ.
PRISON DOCTORby James Windeck, M.D.
Five years later I interviewed at another prison, run by a private prison company. It
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I felt like I was in another time frame when I went to my first job interview at a prison to work as a prison doctor. It was old, noisy, appeared unclean, and run by guards who appeared lazy to me. The segregation area was like an old dungeon. I left and did not return.
Five years later I interviewed at another prison, run by a private prison company. It was an entirely different situation. I took the job.
When I was often asked at social gatherings what type of medicine I practiced my answer would be Internal Medicine with some tidbits of all the other specialties. The next question was usually my location of practice. When I answered that I was a Prison Doctor there was a sudden silence as if they were thinking, “Oh Oh, what do I say now”? Some didn’t say anything and others would say “how interesting”. And it was very interesting, different in only the location of “my office” and the types of patients I would see, as well as the setting itself, which was obviously very different from a private practice. The medical aspect was the same however.
In my book I paint a picture of what it looked like, how it felt to be there, and describe some of the personal aspects of inmates lives, and how they survive, both in the open world and in the closed world. Most are very quiet but many want to talk to someone with whom they feel comfortable.
ADDENDUM--This book has become so popular that I have added an additional 22 pages of stories.
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A fine read for a quiet afternoon. It is a capsule of life we often might never think about. Some would shun a job inside the walls and razor wire. Apparently this veteran physician was a bit of sunlight for a number of inmates. I perceive he was a very good diagnostician for both body and soul.
I Worked in a prison and immate don't like the Doctors in there. You have to have family that will help you. Doc doesn't like to spend there money on inmate. I've seen to people die in doc cusedy. I know for a fact that medical knew that these two inmates had bad medicale problems but did nothing. In this book you have to have the right Doctor to know and wiil help you before somthing bad will happen to you.