Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases

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Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases

Cook County ICU Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases An inside look at one of the nation s most famous public hospitals Cook County as seen through the eyes of its longtime Director of Intensive Care Dr Cory Franklin Filled with stories of strange me

  • Title: Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases
  • Author: Cory Franklin
  • ISBN: 9780897339254
  • Page: 268
  • Format: Paperback
  • An inside look at one of the nation s most famous public hospitals, Cook County, as seen through the eyes of its longtime Director of Intensive Care, Dr Cory Franklin Filled with stories of strange medical cases and unforgettable patients culled from a thirty year career in medicine, Cook County ICU offers readers a peek into the inner workings of a hospital Author Dr.An inside look at one of the nation s most famous public hospitals, Cook County, as seen through the eyes of its longtime Director of Intensive Care, Dr Cory Franklin Filled with stories of strange medical cases and unforgettable patients culled from a thirty year career in medicine, Cook County ICU offers readers a peek into the inner workings of a hospital Author Dr Cory Franklin, 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 heat wave of 1995, treating some of the first AIDS patients in the country before the disease was diagnosed, the nurse with rare Munchausen syndrome, the first surviving ricin victim, and the famous professor whose Parkinson s disease hid 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 an enjoyable read for patients, doctors, and anyone with an interest in medicine.

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    1. Gina Baratono on said:

      Dr. Cory Franklin is the physician you want if you're facing a medical emergency. Compassionate, caring, and extremely knowledgeable, this book shares his decades as director of the ICU at the infamous Cook County Hospital.Dr. Franklin was there through some of the most tumultuous times in the medical fields, from treating AIDS patients when little was known about the disease, to the extreme heat wave of 1995, to a sole survivor of a ricin attackhe was on the front lines and leading the way.It d [...]

    2. Idrees on said:

      If you love medicine and healthcare; you will love those stories. 30 years of service bring so many engaging stories.

    3. Clare on said:

      Listened to in audio format.I enjoy books with a medical theme and this did not disappoint me.In this book Dr Franklin recounts stories about his colleagues and patients during his 32 years in medicine. Some of Dr Franklin's stories are listed above but he also recounts:* The time when he was the on set Medical Advisor to Harrison Ford during The Fugitive.* The extremely rude surgeon and the junior doctor who answered him back over the operating table.* The patient who presented Dr Franklin with [...]

    4. Cyndee on said:

      I stopped 20% into this one. The things the author found funny were not funny to me. For example, he played a trick on another medical professional using a dead patient. I felt bad for the patients and thought several things sounded like grounds for a lawsuit. Might as well quit while I'm ahead since I would assume that the author put the best stories at the beginning of the book. Such a let down because this book had so much potential.

    5. Iva on said:

      Franklin seems to assume the reader has a familiarity with Chicago and Chicago politics. He was head of intensive care at Cook County Hospital, which was later renamed for a Chicago politician, not for any of the hospital staff. His stories and remembrances were entertaining and covered many aspects of hospital life and his early training.

    6. Lenny Husen on said:

      Audio book, very enjoyable to listen to on my commute. Not super exciting, but very accurate and some very good stories. I was all set to give this book 3.5 stars and round it up to be kind because of the subject matter. I am a physician and like books by physicians IF they don't come across as arrogant and Dr. Franklin is truly humble and a very upright, decent, noncritical fellow. A bit too diplomatic at times, possibly.When I got to the last chapter which was FABULOUS, as it explained WHY HIP [...]

    7. Akila Ally on said:

      Great sample of stories that highlight Cook County's unique position as a public health system. The anecdotes touch on both the extraordinary instances in a physician's life and give a glimpse into the deeply entrenched systemic issues that cause health disparities.--some notable mometns: systemic issues - ER, recidivism, bandaid to problem, uses of ER for homeless relief etc. :( AIDS - the utter incomprehensible nature of the disease at first, health system's incapacity to deal with it jail - c [...]

    8. Karin on said:

      This audiobook was addictive! I couldn't stop listening to the unusual cases and often humorous stories told by this medical professional. If you liked House when it was on TV and the "medical case of the week" format, you'll really enjoy this. It's on Hoopla for audio. An interesting slice of life.

    9. Cat. on said:

      I wish I understood why books like this intrigue me so much. This guy does have some interesting stories; I'll bet he could write 10 books this length. I wish this one had been longer. The chapters about being an adviser on a movie set were interesting, as were some of the historical parts of his job treating people whose names would be recognizable.

    10. Lauren on said:

      The doc was really cocky through all his stories. And it wasn't very interesting.

    11. Becky B on said:

      An internal medicine doctor from one of the few hospitals in Chicago which would take patients without insurance shares anecdotes from his 30+ years of experience in the medical field. The stories range from personal highs and lows to some exceptional medical cases.Definitely a fascinating and an engaging read. I'd like to start handing this to the high school grads who think they want to go into medicine. It does a good job of providing a balanced view of working in the medical field from the j [...]

    12. Darcie Saunier on said:

      This was a light and entertaining memoir of a doctor who worked in several hospitals but primarily practiced in Cook County (Chicago). Nothing grotesque; just stories about random things that happened to this doctor during his various shifts. It was a very enjoyable read if you like medical stuff!

    13. Koko on said:

      I loved the historical perspective as both a nurse practitioner and Chicago resident. I think most medical professionals would find the book interesting and relatable. There wasn't a lot of medical jargon and was written for a lay person to understand. Good writing and fun to read.

    14. Linda French on said:

      Fairly interestingThis was an easy read about a Dr whom worked at Cook County. I was entertained until about the last chapter. I don't know if that was me, or the book. The stories about the patients was the most interesting parts of the book.

    15. Pogue on said:

      This was another audio book for me. The stories were ok but I like ones from nursing perspectives better.

    16. carol ann horned on said:

      Good book with insights from as great Dr. ! Unfortunately not many today south his heart. The last chapter is definitely a :"must read" for every person.

    17. Tina on said:

      If you like medical behind the scenes stories, this book won't disappoint. The doctor tells it like it is, sometimes with humor.

    18. Valerie R on said:

      Started fine, engaging and entertaining, but devolved into boring, clinical descriptions of when to go or not to go to a hospital. An interesting read if you're from Chicagoland.

    19. Becky on said:

      Enjoyed the first half of the book. The second half didn't keep my attention as well since the stories we're not as entertaining. His stories were amusing and memorable.

    20. Patricia on said:

      I listened to the audio book. I enjoyed the stories of a busy hospital. Not a book for everyone.

    21. Suzanne E. Chisum on said:

      Great!Wonderful medical story teller. The book is hard to put down. It helps that the author is a doctor who has experienced these things himself.

    22. April on said:

      As a healthcare professional in the background, I appreciated the many stories and anecdotes from the front lines. I believe almost everything because I have seen and heard much of it myself. I say 'almost' everything because the story about playing tricks on colleagues with deceased patients bodies was so disgusting I can only hope it was embellished. I don't WANT to believe that allegedly professional and successful doctors are treating my mother's dead body like a toy/puppet. Overall, very in [...]

    23. Judie on said:

      Cory Franklin, MD, spent most of his thirty-year career as a doctor in the Intensive Care Unit at Chicago’s Cook County Hospital. This book presented vignettes of incidents that happened to him there as well as at other hospitals in other cities while he studied to be a doctor. Through his stories, the reader can gain some insight into how the medical profession works and how and why it has changed. One point that he raised several times was the way medical students, interns, and residents w [...]

    24. Peacegal on said:

      COOK COUNTY ICU is a fascinating and well-written peek into the career of an Intensive Care Unit doctor. Franklin's story is an incredible one that has taken him from rubbing elbows with Hollywood elite as a technical adviser on the set of The Fugitive to serving some of the nation's poorest communities at a free clinic. Franklin isn't haughty; he's more than willing to admit when he makes a mistake or talk about the shortcomings and egos that muck up the medical profession. He's also willing to [...]

    25. Ariel on said:

      Cook County ICU was definitely entertaining, but got dinged at the end. First, let's start with the positives: the stories are awesome. With 30 years of history, Cory shares stories of working with celebrities, meeting fantastic people, the character of New York med school, and much more. I literally laughed at loud at a few places, and definitely had to blame onion-chopping ninjas at others. I listened to Cook County as an audiobook, and from that perspective, I thought the pacing of the book f [...]

    26. Mary Howard on said:

      I loved this book. It was like having your own TV medical drama without all of the over-the-top or bad acting. Along with the anecdotes he includes, he provides interesting medical information such as chapter 8 concerning alcoholism. You walk along with Dr. Franklin as he does his rounds and get in first hand on his interesting cases, meeting his fascinating patients. Some will make you laugh and some will make you cry. Dr. Franklin doesn't use this book to make himself out to be the perfect doc [...]

    27. Shawn on said:

      Interesting Medical Stories (I propose that is a category requiring capitalization). I lived in Chicago for 10 years or so, so I am interested in Cook County Hospital, now called Roger Stroger, because things must be named after politicians or huge corporations now, in the 21st Century.You have to be in the right mood to enjoy reading amusing stories about your favorite injured and dead patients, I would caution, before recommending this book.The author, son of a doctor, a doctor himself, is int [...]

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