Jailhouse Doc: A Doctor in the County Jail

  • by William Wright
  • Narrated by Eric Martin
  • 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dr. William Wright gave up a suburban practice as an ear surgeon to become the doctor at Colorado's maximum-security prison. After that, running a medical clinic at the county jail should be a snap, right? Oh, brother.
Hoards of desperate people fresh from the streets, homeless addicts, illegal aliens, and gangbangers all ruled by a corrupt sheriff and his concubine sidekick made the supermax look almost pastoral.
Told with humor and biting wit, Jailhouse Doc follows Dr. Wright and his struggles with scamming inmates, corporate bureaucrats, and a sheriff who wants to be a doctor.
Peek behind the bars at the operations of a city jail and the daily battles to deliver medical care to a population on the edge.

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Beware the politics of corrections health care

Of course I enjoyed this book. I am a nurse who enjoyed working in the jail and House of Corrections for one Sheriff's Dept, and in a different jail in another county after relocating. I was intrigued by his perspective as MD accustomed to serving solvent clients as opposed to the indigent. I can't comment on the prison experiences, only the jail ones. I will admit to being disappointed that he did not mention that approximately 25% of jail residents (regardless of jail size) are the truly mentally ill (as opposed to 'situational depression' of having gotten caught), but gratified that the issues around chronic overcrowding were exposed. I am sorry for his experiences with the politics of corrections, but very pleased that he exposed the issue. It can happen anywhere.
I feel that this first person account was very well written and provides a cautionary tale to the readers.
Eric Martin gave an excellent audio performance! Truly captured the emotional responses of the writer to so many new experiences and outrages.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
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- Jan

Wonderful sequel to Maximum Insecurity

What did you love best about Jailhouse Doc: A Doctor in the County Jail?

I like Dr. Wright's combination of humor, compassion, and no hidden agenda. He gives an honest description of the conditions and people within the jail, both prisoners and staff. Dr. Wright gets real on a variety of topics, some of them very important. I find it refreshing to read an upfront, honest bit of autobiography like Jailhouse Doc. And Dr. Wright's writing style is just "right" for his stories. (Couldn't resist. Three cheers for bad puns!)


What did you like best about this story?

Uh...isn't this question redundant, given the preceding question?


Which character – as performed by Eric Martin – was your favorite?

This isn't that kind of book, really, since these are all real people and not characters.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.


Any additional comments?

In Maximum Insecurity, Dr. Wright described his years as a prison doctor. Here, in Jailhouse Doc, he describes a surprisingly different experience as doc in a jail setting. I thought both books were terrific. There's something quite special about people who are willing to care for folks whom the rest of us would cross the street to avoid--and with good reason. If you'd like an entertaining and enlightening listening experience, Jailhouse Doc is the ticket. But you might want to start with Maximum Insecurity. I'm glad I listened to both in chronological order. Made more sense, better flow and all that. I can't end this review without mentioning the excellent narration by Eric Martin. His talents were perfect for this book.

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- Gotta Tellya "KEC"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-14-2015
  • Publisher: William Wright Books