Cook County ICU

  • by Cory Franklin, MD
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Filled with stories of strange medical cases and unforgettable patients culled from a 30-year career in medicine, Cook County ICU offers listeners a peek into the inner workings of a hospital. Author Cory Franklin, MD, who headed the hospital's intensive care unit from the 1970s through the 1990s, shares his most unique and bizarre experiences, including the deadly Chicago heatwave of 1995, treating the first AIDS patients in the country before the disease was diagnosed, the nurse with rare Munchausen syndrome, the only surviving ricin victim, and the professor with Alzheimer's hiding the effects of the wrong medication. Surprising, darkly humorous, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic, these stories provide a big-picture look at how the practice of medicine has changed over the years, making it a must-listen for patients, doctors, and anyone with an interest in medicine.


What the Critics Say

"Franklin provides an excellent firsthand perspective on life in the medical trenches." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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Great for all audiences

I'm a radiologist and I have listened to this audiobook with great interest. It is written in a language that is easy to follow for non-medical listeners and interesting for professionals.
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- Robert


An excellent read. This book is full of pearls of experience and wisdom. Yes, one will learn little tidbits of medical information, but moreover you will get a taste of what it is like to be a doctor and to look after people. The great thing about Dr Franklin is his ability to convey the excitement of the practice of medicine, whilst still being honest about the day to day realities of the profession and the final chapter is a particularly honest representation of where medicine is at in today's world. As a doctor myself, I would highly recommend this title to any aspiring doctor or medical student, but also to the general audience wishing to understand and appreciate more about what doctors do for their fellow humans.
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- Mr

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-03-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio