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Filled with stories of strange medical cases and unforgettable patients culled from a 30-year career in medicine, Cook County ICU offers listeners a peek into the inner workings of a hospital. Author Cory Franklin, MD, who headed the hospital's intensive care unit from the 1970s through the 1990s, shares his most unique and bizarre experiences, including the deadly Chicago heatwave of 1995, treating the first AIDS patients in the country before the disease was diagnosed, the nurse with rare Munchausen syndrome, the only surviving ricin victim, and the professor with Alzheimer's hiding the effects of the wrong medication. Surprising, darkly humorous, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic, these stories provide a big-picture look at how the practice of medicine has changed over the years, making it a must-listen for patients, doctors, and anyone with an interest in medicine.
©2015 Cory Franklin (P)2016 Tantor
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"Franklin provides an excellent firsthand perspective on life in the medical trenches." (Booklist)
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By Clara R. Arechiga on 05-02-16

Subtle, funny and compassionate

Doctor Franklin explains through stories of patients and himself or his colleagues, how Medicine has devolved from a covenant between patient and doctor, to a business, in which everybody is treated like "corn or coal". The writing is serene, but the subject makes the good doctor furious, and with a good reason. The hospitals where he once learned and practiced, places where doctors were proud of the virtue their trade represented, are now places where only one thing matters: money.
What a great read/listen. John Pruden does a good job of telling it all.

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By Andrey Borul on 04-19-16

Very impressive..

Made me laugh a lot, even though im not in the medical field, I have found this book exciting and had to listen in one sitting.. Definitely recommend it..

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By Robert on 12-27-16

Great for all audiences

I'm a radiologist and I have listened to this audiobook with great interest. It is written in a language that is easy to follow for non-medical listeners and interesting for professionals.

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By Mr on 04-17-16

Brilliant

An excellent read. This book is full of pearls of experience and wisdom. Yes, one will learn little tidbits of medical information, but moreover you will get a taste of what it is like to be a doctor and to look after people. The great thing about Dr Franklin is his ability to convey the excitement of the practice of medicine, whilst still being honest about the day to day realities of the profession and the final chapter is a particularly honest representation of where medicine is at in today's world. As a doctor myself, I would highly recommend this title to any aspiring doctor or medical student, but also to the general audience wishing to understand and appreciate more about what doctors do for their fellow humans.

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By Benjamin on 02-18-17

Great medical stories

loved the listen. so many fascinating cases from his years of experience. His reflections on the medical system is insightful. It was narrated well.

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By Elizabeth on 02-16-17

Absorbing!

A captivating listen as Dr Franklin takes you on a journey. Thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly as the stories span over three decades showing just how much medicine has changed over the years.

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