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Five Patients. the Hospital Explained.

Crichton, Michael.

ISBN 10: 0394425081 / ISBN 13: 9780394425085
Published by KNOPF., NY, 1970
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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INSCRIBED by Michael Crichton on half-title. Near fine in near fine DJ. (Couple tiny soil spots on front end paper & paste down. Traces of faint shelf soiling at crest of spine on jacket. Small spot of shelf soiling on front cloth cover. Light crease at edge of front flap. ) Author's SECOND book under his own name. Basis for the television series "ER.". Bookseller Inventory # 22577

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Title: Five Patients. the Hospital Explained.

Publisher: KNOPF., NY

Publication Date: 1970

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Synopsis:

Introduction to the workings of a modern hospital in which the actual experiences of five patients at Massachusetts General are recreated

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Michael Crichton, creator of many a blockbuster, began his writing career while still a student at Harvard Medical School. Though he never practiced medicine, the education was enough to put a gloss of verisimilitude on works like The Andromeda Strain and the long-running television hit ER. Five Patients is ER in real life--circa 1969, when Crichton graduated from medical school. Five different patients are examined at Massachusetts General Hospital; each patient's story illustrates some larger aspect of the hospital system. Thus, Ralph Orlando's death from cardiac arrest engenders a brief history of the modern hospital and emergency ward. John O'Connor, who has an unexplained high fever and infection, spends a month in the hospital, leading to a discourse on the cost of medical care (perhaps the most eye-opening chapter of the book--or the most unintentionally funny one from a 1999 perspective). The saga of Peter Luchesi, a worker whose hand is nearly severed in an industrial accident, leads to a discussion of 20th-century surgical advances. Sylvia Thompson, a traveler with chest pains who is seen by a doctor via closed-circuit TV at an airport, benefits from new (at the time) diagnostic and therapeutic technologies that have altered irrevocably the doctor's role. Finally, the case of Edith Murphy, diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus, serves quite literally to educate the medical students and interns who take on much of her care, as the hospital staff hierarchy is dissected and explained. Crichton's style here tends to the sober and bureaucratic--reading it is much more like brain surgery than hanging out in the staff room with George Clooney and Noah Wyle--but for the industrious it's a fascinating glimpse of pre-HMO medicine. --Barrie Trinkle

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