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.
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"Franklin provides an excellent firsthand perspective on life in the medical trenches." (Booklist)
"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.
Self indulgent, moderately interesting, anecdotes where the author is the falsely modest hero of each one.
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..
Placing the abbreviation " ICU" in the title lead me to imagine much more interest stories.
The tales were mostly G rated and without much genuine humor. I found the narration wooden.
I appreciate the undeniable consciousness of the writer, but the stories I have heard and repeated over the years were much more exhilarating.
"Fun insight into the inner workings of a teaching hospital"
I really enjoyed the patient cases and anecdotes about life as the author moved from intern to resident to full fledged physician. I wished he had spent more time on these then on trying to make them relatable to the ever changing healthcare system. These stories were incredibly interesting on their own without further exploration and make the book worthy of a listen.
"Honest. Harrowing. Awesome."
I work with doctors, but still this insight is always so interesting. They are heroes. They're also just human.
"Off Topic -"
If the author had spoke more about the CC ICU and not his own grandiose perceptions
No - Save for some unsupported rhetoric I'm not sure I would even want to hear from this author again
There are some good 'Stories' in the book but some are at the expense of others, including family and patients - I think one's own character comes out best when they speak about others and not themselves-
Quite disappointed in the character as either accurately or inaccurately shown by this book-
"Self serving and egotistical"
Ugh. This book had so much potential but sadly it fell very short of it. The Dr. that wrote this book is clearly knowledgable and he has good stories and experience which come across at times but mostly it's just shadowed by this personality that comes off like a major jerk. He whines about how he doesn't get credit for some medical discovery in a journal. He talks about pranks he plays on residents that aren't funny. Even his attempts at humility are lacking and seem disingenuous. I found his accounts of actual patients interesting but they were buried beneath layers of self centered, I'm a fancy Doctor, pat me on the back for x, y and z.
Also? The narrator doesn't help the case, his performance comes off as condescending which may very well be the case and he too hated the way the author spoke.
"Made me frightened."
This book I did not like. I found it scary and so many reasons why things went wrong which I don't want to know about. It quite frightened me.
Learning your genealogy I thinks
"great book. but...."
enjoyable but familiar stories. still grande maybe? i wonder who they actually belong to? great listen tho
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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