County: Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital

County: Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital


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"Named by the "Wall Street Journal "as one of the five best health books of 2011!
County" is the amazing tale of one of America's oldest and most unusual urban public hospitals. From its inception as a "poor house" dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago's Cook County Hospital has been both a renowned teaching hospital and the health care provider of last resort for the city's uninsured. "County" covers more than thirty years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship, to the "final rounds" in 2002, when hundreds of former trainees and personnel, many of whom shared Ansell's vision of resurrecting a hospital in critical condition, gathered to bid the iconic Victorian hospital building an emotional farewell before it was closed to make way for a new facility."County" is about people—from Ansell's mentors, including the legendary Quentin Young, to the multitude of patients whom he and County's medical staff labored to diagnose and heal. It is a story about politics; from contentious union strikes, to battles against "patient dumping." Most importantly, it chronicles the battles for instigating new programs that would help to prevent, rather than just treat, serious illnesses, including the opening of County's HIV/AIDS clinic (the first in the city), as well as an early-detection breast cancer screening program. Finally, it is about an idealistic young man's medical education in urban America, a coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of race, segregation, and poverty.

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ISBN-13: 9780897337199
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/15/2012
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword David Ansell 10

Introduction Quentin Young 13

Prologue: The Hospital 15

Chapter 1 1989: You Should Write That Book 19

Chapter 2 1964-1978: Wounded Pigeon Syndrome 25

Chapter 3 1977: Cook County Hospital: We'd Fit Right In 31

Chapter 4 July 1978: Sink or Swim 41

Chapter 5 1978: The Cure 49

Chapter 6 1978: Is There a Doctor in the House? 59

Chapter 7 General Medicine Clinic 69

Chapter 8 ER 79

Chapter 9 I Call It Murder 87

Chapter 10 1979-1982: Battle-Worn 97

Chapter 11 1981: County Will Do This to You 105

Chapter 12 1983-1986: Amateur Sociologists 111

Chapter 13 1983: Moving On 119

Chapter 14 Working Against the Odds 127

Chapter 15 1984: The Breast Cancer Screening Program 135

Chapter 16 1985: I'm Sticking to the Union 145

Chapter 17 1989-1992: Designed to Fail 155

Chapter 18 I Felt Like a Human Being 165

Chapter 19 AIDS and the Lessons Learned 175

Chapter 20 Crossing the Threshold 183

Chapter 21 2004: 'Til Death Do We Part 191

Chapter 22 2002: Last Rounds 201

Chapter 23 2008: "Déjà Vu All Over Again" 207

Acknowledgments 215

Sources 217

Index 219

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