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May 17, 1995

Hospital: An Oral History of Cook County Hospital

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US Public Health Service Washington, DC

JAMA. 1995;273(19):1543. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520430079045

This has been a big season on television for Chicago hospitals. "ER" and "Chicago Hope" grabbed spots close to the top of the ratings last fall and haven't let go, bringing a kind of blood and emotions chic to medical care in the Windy City. Less likely to be found on the cover of Newsweek, however, or on "The Tonight Show" are the stars of the year's real story of medicine in Chicago, Sidney Lewis' Hospital: An Oral History of Cook County Hospital.

Lewis, a long-time associate of America's dean of oral history, Studs Terkel, set out in the spring of 1993 to record the voices of the women and men who populate Cook County Hospital day and night—doctors, nurses, patients, lab techs, police, maintenance workers, and ward clerks. Lewis' work is a staccato tour of the people and forces that make the hospital what it is. County's history and

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