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  • Cook County ICU

  • 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases
  • By: Cory Franklin MD
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (80 ratings)

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Cook County ICU

By: Cory Franklin MD
Narrated by: John Pruden
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Summary

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

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"Franklin provides an excellent firsthand perspective on life in the medical trenches." ( Booklist)

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very interesting

I loved it it's interesting to hear how medicine is set up in America and to hear about different conditions and treatment. couldn't put it down.

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Interesting

I enjoyed this. Absolutely worth a listen. His voice was easy and the stories although a little vague were interesting.

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hard to put down

big book, still sorry to reach the end. chapter on being medical technical advisor on The Fugitive movie sublime/hilarious. hat off.

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Touches the heart of the matter

an insightful work, touching on areas too often ignored nowadays. I recognise from my own childhood in London similar virtues of our local doctor and a service that is dying out. I appreciate all those in the medical profession who despite the bureaucratic obstacles still endeavour to live up to the Hippocratic oath. I especially was taken with the last chapter regarding covenant v contract agreement/understanding.
overall an well written book narrated realistically filled with humour, insight and depth.

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Excellent book about US healthcare

Interesting stories of American healthcare. If you liked “This is going to hurt” by Adam Kay you’ll enjoy this listen.
Would have used an Amazon credit for this book but thankfully it was free. One of the better listens. Narrator did a good job of bringing the book to life.

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Loved it!

Very well written and extremely interesting stories. Felt like I was listening to Grey’s Anatomy (less inter doctor drama of course) and learning about the going’s on in a hospital.

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insights into the startling arrogance of the medical profession

I'm only a short way in, but I just have to write this. So far, the annecdotes fall largely into two categories:

1) This 'brilliant doctor' notices a feature of a patients treatment which another doctor has missed, their revelation is ignored demonstrating how arrogant and short-sighted the original doctor is.

2) A patient is perceived as difficult in some way, the 'quick thinking' and 'witty' doctor thinks up a lie with which he can fool the patient so as to avoid embarrassment to themselves.



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Interesting listen

I enjoyed the patient stories more than the politics but overall a very good listen.

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Interesting and informative

Enjoyable listening on the whole. Slightly lost it when discussing famous people. Would recommend this book. Easy to listen too.

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Brilliant

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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