After three decades as a successful ear surgeon, William Wright, MD is bored beyond belief. He dabbles with retirement, but finds idleness infuriating. He has to do something. Then he sees an ad for a doctor’s position from the Colorado Department of Corrections at a supermax prison. Now that, he thinks, would be different. His wife has some thoughts on the matter too. She thinks her husband just lost his mind and is on a collision course with a prison shiv.
After his first day on the job, he wonders if she wasn’t onto something. His first patient is an arrogant, callous youth convicted of five cold-blooded murders. Dr. Wright has to steel himself not to bolt.
Nothing prepares a doctor for life at the Colorado State Penitentiary. He quickly discovers treating maximum security convicts is like treating recalcitrant murderous four-year-olds. Always willing to threaten their doctors with bodily harm, they are more interested in scamming drugs than treatment.
Told with self-depreciating humor and scathing wit, Maximum Insecurity describes Dr. Wright’s adventures practicing medicine in a supermax correctional facility without, he’s glad to say, getting killed even once.
©2013 William Wright, M.D. (P)2014 William Wright, M.D.
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"Funny and Fantastic"
It's one of the most entertaining audible books-ever!
Funny, true to life, narration and dialogue at its best especially the inmates.
You are noble, Dr. Wright !
"You can't pay for this kind of entertainment!"
I worked in the medical of a jail--best job I ever had! I can relate to literally everything Dr. Wright talks about. I laughed and laughed remembering. Those of us who worked in medical used to say, "You can't pay for this kind of entertainment". It may not be so amusing to those who have never been there, but I can tell you from experience, he is spot on about the illegible spelling, the illiteracy, the lunacy, and the manipulation, and everything in between, and I am only into chapter 11. I highly recommend this entertaining and realistic book.
toward the top
the honesty of the doctor, about really goes on in the Maximum jail
the dry sense of humor
the author did a great job telling about his change in careers without bragging - he tells what it like to work for a government agency, without being unduly critical
"6 Stars if I could!!"
Dr. Wright is a completely likable person, and he is noticeably talented. His journey into the correctional system is very honest and enlightening, and his book is superbly written. He initially goes into the supermax prison with a worry for his life, but after the first day, he realizes that the majority of inmates are basically a bunch of whiny babies. The book is really interesting, and his interactions with the various inmates are really comical, but he also speaks quite seriously about his observations on the flaws of the correctional system.
Eric Martin’s narration is absolutely perfect. It feels like Dr. Wright is in the room with you telling his stories, and he makes all the different inmates come to life. He truly has a talent for narration! I can’t even imagine myself ever reading a physical copy of this book because his performance is altogether outstanding.
There are few chapters in this book that make me laugh out loud every single time, and I often return to this title when I am between audiobooks. I highly recommend Maximum Insecurity! If the summary of this book has peaked your interest you should definitely pick it up!
What a great book! Dr. Wright is funny, he shares his interesting experience working within the prison as an MD. A paramedic, he and I alike have had similar experiences working in Correctional Medicine.
"Incredibly interesting and entertaining!"
I definitely enjoyed listening to this book though not right away. It took awhile to get into it. And the deeper it went the more the author's sense of humor came out, demeaning as it was at times. In the end he clarified himself and his commitment to giving the best care to the inmates. However, some people might be offended the way he referred to the inmates in a less than intelligent manner. I could understand why in the stories he told but still, some might be offended.
"Risky but essential work."
Possibly. I didn't read the print version. The audio version is excellent, with terrific narration by Eric Martin.
Since this is about real people and not literary characters, I won't be picking any favorites.
Not a scene-based work, either. Dr. Wright tells plenty of fascinating, sometimes disturbing stories, but they are not scenes.
Medicine in the Supermax
Prison life manages to simultaneously attract our interest and repel our sympathies. Dr. Wright dove in to that system and learned quickly--both learning and speed of learning were essential--how to handle his daily roster of dangerous, manipulative patients. He shares with the reader/listener a wide variety of his experiences with the criminal clientele and with the prison staff and administration. Dr. Wright is an open, honest author with a dry sense of humor. He understands the crafty nature of most of the prisoners and avoids playing co-dependent to their various deficiencies. But Dr. Wright also has compassion for these people, and strives to help them whenever possible. I enjoyed this book so much that I snapped up its sequel, Jailhouse Doc. Serving as a jail doc turned out to be quite a different experience for Dr. Wright. I highly recommend both books.
"Bureaucracy with a dose of medicine"
The story is a tale of dealing with both a population of felons and more so, the never-ending goliath of governmental administrative decisions. The author does come across as a bit jaded and arrogant at times. However, I think it's often warranted considering his years of experience as a physician combined with being constantly undermined and questioned by prevaricating prisoners and government pencil-pushers. The narrator does an ok job, he often has a tough guy tone to his voice that is a bit annoying. If you're interested in or already are practicing medicine, this is a worthwhile listen.
"Cynical and Dry"
Listening to this book was like a long hike up hill with a large pack strapped to the back. The narrator is not to blame here any more than the hill is to blame.
The author seemed at times to be burned out, bitter, and callous. At other times, he seemed to have a dry sense of humor and a compassionate heart.
There is a compelling story here, but it is often marred by jarring judgements about offenders, administrators, and institutions.
I stopped this book about 2 hours in and debated about returning it for a few days. It finally hooked me once I decided to view the authors seeming rough handling of some topics as attempts at dry humor.
"what a jerk"
the author is a real piece of work. arrogant, self-aggrandizing and all-around jerk. everyone around him is stupid, including his coworkers, convicts, corrections officers, nurses and other doctors. apparently nobody else is allowed to have a bad attitude except for him. the narrator was trying to do his best Jack Nicholson impression it seemed. I had to turn it up to 1.5 for it to be normal speaking pace. I thought it would be full of funny anecdotes but it's just a guy that's full of himself. give it a miss unless you really want to dislike somebody, that would be the author not the convicts.
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