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
"Franklin provides an excellent firsthand perspective on life in the medical trenches." (Booklist)
Radiologist. I like to walk with my dogs.
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.
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.
"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.
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..
"Worth a Listen!"
I really enjoyed listening to all the interesting cases that Dr. Franklin wrote about in his book, and the interplay between his work life and the affects (positive and challenging) it had/has on his personal life. Dr. Franklin is extremely honest about everything; this book isn't gory or disgusting, but it shows that doctors really are people and have strong feelings and emotional connection to their patients.
My favorite scene in this listen was when Dr. Franklin wrote about a patient he saw in the clinic who ran a barbecue restaurant during his career. The description of the emotional closeness of Dr. Franklin and his patient, whom he saw many times over the course of a few years, was beautiful. The patient would bring the doctor a container of barbecue ribs at each of his clinic appointments and, later, an annual barbecued turkey (!) each year at Thanksgiving. The patient would meet the doctor at the hospital each Thanksgiving morning to give the doctor the barbecued turkey, free of charge, to share with his family to thank the doctor for his care throughout the year.
I would certainly like to listen to this book all in one sitting, but as it is 7-12 hours long (I can't remember exactly how long it is now because I'm writing this review about 6 months after I finished listening), I would never have a span of time that long available to listen all in one sitting. I certainly could listen to it and finish in one sitting; the book is well-written and would hold my attention long enough for me to listen all the way through.
Would certainly recommend this listen, especially if you like medically related books with firsthand stories of the cases that actually come through the doors of the hospital and clinic.
"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.
Self indulgent, moderately interesting, anecdotes where the author is the falsely modest hero of each one.
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.
If you love medicine and healthcare; you will love those stories. 30 years of service bring so many engaging stories.
"really good book"
I have worked in the medical field, the office side of it, for 20 years and this book really opened up my eyes to what occurs on the dr side.
"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-
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