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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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"Ansell's dramatic account of the 17 years he spent at Chicago's 160-year-old public Cook County Hospital (now John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital), rising from intern to chief of the General Internal Medicine and Primary Care Division, presents chilling proof of the indignities, interminable lines, inexcusable delays, inferior facilities, and incomplete care received by uninsured, mostly African-American patients. At County ('a petri dish for vermin'), where clerks ruled the mostly open wards and unsupervised interns learned by trial and error on a 'battlefield of medicine,' he and his colleagues fought against party politics for funds to keep County open and establish pioneering services (e.g., breast cancer screening, HIV/AIDs care). With the nation's focus on a national health-care policy providing quality medical services to citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, and income level, Ansell's exposé will shock and motivate readers to take a stand on the issue. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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The amazing tale of “County” is the story of one of Americas oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From its inception as a “poor house” dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicagos Cook County Hospital has been renowned as a teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the citys uninsured. Ansell covers more than thirty years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship, to the “Final Rounds” when the enormous iconic Victorian hospital building was replaced. Ansell writes of the hundreds of doctors who underwent rigorous training with him. He writes of politics, from contentious union strikes to battles against “patient dumping,” and public health, depicting the AIDS crisis and the Out of Printening of Countys HIV/AIDS clinic, the first in the city. And finally it is a coming-of-age story for a young doctor set against a backdrOut of Print of race, segregation, and poverty. This is a riveting account.

About the Author

Dr. David Ansell is Vice President, Clinical Affairs, and Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780897336208
Author:
Ansell, David A.
Publisher:
Academy Chicago Publishers
Author:
Ansell, David
Author:
Young, Quentin
Subject:
History
Subject:
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 Photographs
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ansell's dramatic account of the 17 years he spent at Chicago's 160-year-old public Cook County Hospital (now John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital), rising from intern to chief of the General Internal Medicine and Primary Care Division, presents chilling proof of the indignities, interminable lines, inexcusable delays, inferior facilities, and incomplete care received by uninsured, mostly African-American patients. At County ('a petri dish for vermin'), where clerks ruled the mostly open wards and unsupervised interns learned by trial and error on a 'battlefield of medicine,' he and his colleagues fought against party politics for funds to keep County open and establish pioneering services (e.g., breast cancer screening, HIV/AIDs care). With the nation's focus on a national health-care policy providing quality medical services to citizens regardless of race, ethnicity, and income level, Ansell's exposé will shock and motivate readers to take a stand on the issue. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , The amazing tale of “County” is the story of one of Americas oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From its inception as a “poor house” dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicagos Cook County Hospital has been renowned as a teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the citys uninsured. Ansell covers more than thirty years of its history, beginning in the late 1970s when the author began his internship, to the “Final Rounds” when the enormous iconic Victorian hospital building was replaced. Ansell writes of the hundreds of doctors who underwent rigorous training with him. He writes of politics, from contentious union strikes to battles against “patient dumping,” and public health, depicting the AIDS crisis and the Out of Printening of Countys HIV/AIDS clinic, the first in the city. And finally it is a coming-of-age story for a young doctor set against a backdrOut of Print of race, segregation, and poverty. This is a riveting account.
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