Five patients: the hospital explained

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Knopf, 1970 - Biography & Autobiography - 231 pages
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"Crichton has an extraordinary capacity to seize upon, then make real and personal, the new and the complex, the intriguing and the frighening." THE NATION In this incisive, detailed survey of five patients, famous thriller author and doctor Michael Crichton explores the dramatic workings of Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston's oldest and most prestigious. This readable account covers not only the history of the hospital's place in society, but also the actual minute-to-minute functions of Mass General, where health professionals wage their daily battle against disease and death. Crichton's insightful look at the changes in medicine and surgery caused by technological strides of recent years makes for amazing reading.

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User Review  - Jishnu Bhattacharya - Goodreads

When I picked this book up, I didn't even know that it was non fiction. I wanted some whirlwind Crichton story to escape the exams. After starting I thought that I wouldn't continue after a few pages ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alyssa Melvaine - Goodreads

I was expecting interesting case studies but was disappointed as these were mundane common occurrences. The book is a good historical collection of medical care in the 1960's but wasn't what I was ... Read full review

Contents

NOW AND THEN
7
THE COST OF CURE
39
SURGICAL TRADITION
75
Copyright

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About the author (1970)

John Michael Crichton, known as Michael Crichton, was born on October 28, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. He earned his way through Harvard University and Harvard Medical School by writing novels. One of these, The Andromeda Strain (1969), became a bestseller. After graduating summa cum laude, Crichton was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute in California before becoming a full-time writer and film director. Crichton's carefully researched novels have included Eaters of the Dead (1972), The Terminal Man (1972), The Great Train Robbery (1975), Congo (1980), Sphere (1987), Jurassic Park (1990), Rising Sun (1992), Disclosure (1994), The Lost World (1995) and Airframe (1996). He has also written non-fiction, including Five Patients: The Hospital Explained (1970), Jasper Johns (1977) and Travels (1988). In the late 1960s Crichton also wrote under the names Jeffrey Hudson and John Lange. Awards for Crichton's writing have included Writer of the Year (1970) from the Association of American Medical Writers, and two Edgar Awards (1968 and 1979) from the Mystery Writers of America. Many of Crichton's novels have been made into highly successful films, six of which he directed. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning television series ER. In addition to his writing and directorial success, his expertise in information science has enabled him to run a software company and develop a computer game. He died of cancer on November 4, 2008 at the age of 66.

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