Intern in the Promised Land: Cook County Hospital

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iUniverse, Jan 2, 2009 - Medical
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Travel back to the 1960s and walk the halls of Chicago's Cook County Hospital with Douglas R. Gracey, a medical intern eager to learn the ways of medicine, help patients and impress his colleagues.

Back then, medical education was different. Diagnosis was not so certain, treatment options were severely limited and patients, for the most part, expected less from their doctors.

The patients at Cook County Hospital had to deal with poverty, racial discrimination and social stigma in addition to the symptoms caused by their diseases. The county system was the only realistic option for pregnant black women and other marginalized members of society. The hospital also faces dilemma as they suffer from poor management, rampant patronage, payroll padding and contract rigging.

Join Gracey in Chicago, where he must learn how to succeed in a broken system while providing care to his patients. Along the way, find out how medical education has changed in Intern in the Promised Land: True Stories from Cook County Hospital.

  

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Contents

COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL
1
INTERNSHIP
4
MALE MEDICINE WARD 25
11
MAGGOTS
13
DELERIUM TREMENS
15
TUBERCULOSIS
19
UNEXPLAINED HEART FAILURE
22
A CASE OF LOCKJAW
24
A HEART SURGICAL DISASTER
47
THE PRINCE
50
PATIENT THEFT
52
MISTER Q
54
THE DEAD MAN
56
THE BURNING BED
59
THE GUNMAN
60
PEDIATRICS
62

THIS IS NOT HEART FAILURE
26
MY FIRST CASE OF SEPSIS
29
UNCOOPERATIVE PATIENT
31
FRENCH POLIO
33
THE LONG TERM ASBESTOS THREAT
36
THE WRONG DIAGNOSIS
38
GENERAL SURGERY
39
BOERHAAVES SYNDROME
44
OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY THE DELIVERY ROOMS
65
PATHOLOGICSURGICAL OBSTETRICS
72
SURGICAL OBSTETRICS
74
THE EMEGENCY ROOM
76
PSYCHIATRY
81
IN RETROSPECT MEDICAL EDUCATION
84
COOK COUNTY HOSPITAL POLITICS
89
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About the author (2009)

Douglas R. Gracey has an M.D. Degree from Northwestern University, an M.S. Degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. Degree from Coe College. Following a residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic, he served in the United States Air Force. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service. His book, Flying Lessons, Ambulances and Other Air Force Vignettes, was based on his Air Force experiences. He was then on the faculty of Northwestern University Medical School. Returning to the Mayo Clinic in 1975, he served as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medicine and Chairman of the Pulmonary and Critical Medicine Division. He has published over 100 scientific papers, two medical books and one autobiographical novel about his service in the Air Force.

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