Review of 'Five Patients'

Five Patients by Michael Crichton

Crichton, perhaps more famous for his various action and techno-thriller books wrote this book in 1970 of some of his observations regarding health care in the US, specifically in reference to the Massachusetts General Hospital. He explores five different cases indicative of various situations in health care at the time: “Now and Then”, “The Cost of Cure”, “Surgical Tradition”, “Medical Transition”, and “Patient and Doctor”. This is a very insightful and interesting read though some of the technical (for example the computer) parts are terribly dated I think that the issues he raises are as important now as they were then. I also learned a lot about the medical professional by my reading. I would recommend this to anyone with interest in health care.

Rating: “Really good but I have some issues”

Review Date: 2004-05-31

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publication Date: 1970

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