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The amazing tale of County” is the story of one of America’s oldest and most unusual urban hospitals. From its inception as a poor house” dispensing free medical care to indigents, Chicago’s Cook County Hospital has been renowned as a teaching hospital and the healthcare provider of last resort for the city’s 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 County’s 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.
Published: Chicago Review Press an imprint of Independent Publishers Group on May 15, 2012
ISBN: 9780897336321
List price: $17.99
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County is a memoir of David Ansell’s medical training and career at Chicago’s Cook County [public] Hospital from 1978-95.It’s also a glimpse into patronage politics; healthcare economics; 1910s-era hospital design and operation; and County’s patients and staff. I had been interested to read, in Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns, that the most migrated-to cities during the African-American Great Migration became America’s most severely and enduring segregated cities; that is reinforced here in Ansell’s characterization of Chicago as “hypersegregated” -- even Blacks with health insurance went to County. I was aware of what a good place the hospital was to be a physician-in-training; until this book, I was less aware of what a sketchy place it was to be a patient. “Can healthcare be separate but equal?” seems an impossible question to be asking still, and Ansell makes the answer obvious.read more
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County is a memoir of David Ansell’s medical training and career at Chicago’s Cook County [public] Hospital from 1978-95.It’s also a glimpse into patronage politics; healthcare economics; 1910s-era hospital design and operation; and County’s patients and staff. I had been interested to read, in Isabel Wilkerson's The Warmth of Other Suns, that the most migrated-to cities during the African-American Great Migration became America’s most severely and enduring segregated cities; that is reinforced here in Ansell’s characterization of Chicago as “hypersegregated” -- even Blacks with health insurance went to County. I was aware of what a good place the hospital was to be a physician-in-training; until this book, I was less aware of what a sketchy place it was to be a patient. “Can healthcare be separate but equal?” seems an impossible question to be asking still, and Ansell makes the answer obvious.
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