Five Patients: The Hospital Explained

Five Patients: The Hospital Explained

by Michael Crichton

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ISBN-13: 9780380573646
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/1981
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 1.00(h) x 6.80(d)

About the Author

Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was an American author, physician, director, and screenwriter. He is best known for his science fiction, thrillers, and medical fiction. He attended college and medical school at Harvard and published his first novel in 1966. It was not until his 1969 novel,The Adromeda Strain, that he became widely known. The book was adapted into a film in 1971. A number of his other books were adapted into films, including Congo, Jurassic Park, and Eaters of the Dead. His book Micro was published posthumously after being completed by Richard Preston.


Los Angeles, California

Date of Birth:

October 23, 1942

Date of Death:

November 4, 2008

Place of Birth:

Chicago, Illinois

Place of Death:

Los Angeles, California


B.A.. in Anthropology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1969

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Five Patients: The Hospital Explained 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
wendymb on LibraryThing 28 days ago
While the story was broken up across the patients as described, I rated this a little higher because it was thought provoking. It gave me pause to sit down and think about how the examples are still true today.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.