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  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reissue edition (Jan. 13 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345354648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345354648
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #966,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill R. Moore on April 29 2003
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You will probably have the wrong impression of what this book consists of before you read it; I did. Some may think, or hope, that it is an ER-type medical thriller. It is not. Some, as I did, may think that it takes the cases of five individual patients and goes into a detailed description of how they were treated and cured. It does not. What the book actually does consist of is a series of five separate medical cases that are used to illustrate larger aspects of the hospital in general. The five cases average about 30 pages apiece, with about 4 or 5 pages of that going into the actual details of the case. The book is somewhat interesting: it goes into detail about the inner workings of a hospital that those outside of the medical profession probably know next to nothing about. This glimpse into the academic medical community is informative and makes for fairly interesting reading. The writing is dry and formal, often quite technical, which will, no doubt, turn off those who read Crichton merely for his page-turning suspense. Though the book has its merits, as mentioned above, one is ever aware, while reading it, that the book was written in 1969. Though some points of it are still valid and interesting, and Crichton's writing is always worth reading, it is inescapably quite outdated. One may get the most out of it by using it as a snapshot of how medicine was 30+ years ago. Of course, at any rate, this is a minor work in Crichton's canon. Reccommended only for hard-core fans of the author and perhaps medical historians looking for an objective look at medicine during the late 60's.
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I was somehow misled by the title. I thought I was going to read five short stories of how doctor can treat (miraculously) five difficult patients, those I would read in Reader's Digest. But no, indeed I was surpised that those five patients are only mentioned in 1/5 of the book. The rest 4/5 of the book are talking about everything about hospital - its history, budget, organizational structure, politics, teaching versus community hospital, surgeon, urine, anaesthesia.....
I find most of these medical topics are interesting, though some are somewhat outdated. Also, I admire Mr. Crichton's writing skill to interweave these different topics together in a 200-page book.
My recommedation - do not treat it as a fiction. It is not that a waste of time (onlyl 200 pages!!)
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I expected this to be more of a "medical thriller," something like ER in a book. But it wasn't anything like that. It's an analysis of hospitals written over 30 years ago. Some parts of the book are informative, but even though Crichton doesn't use a lot of fancy medical jargon, I think people in the medical profession would get far more out of this book than the average lay person. I've read many of Crichton's other books, but this one isn't anything like his others, so don't expect a thrilling page-turner if you read this book.
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... is exactly what you will get with 'Five Patients' by Michael Crichton.
I hadn't read any reviews when I picked up this book; I doubt I would have read it as deeply as I did if I would have read some. Basically, the book was written originally in the late Sixties to show the pros and cons of Hospitals from various angels - from the training of Doctors to the technology advancements made in the field.
It is interesting to compare what hospitals were like back then to the modern day hospital.
Overall, it is an interesting read, but don't be expecting any action, that is not what this book is about.
And on a side note, remember to check the glossary in the back. After I stumbled over some tricky words, I started to use it often once I discovered it - halfway through the book.
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This book is nothing more than dry reading all the way. I got nothing against hospital histories ( I bought the book, after all !! ) but this so called " serious " analysys of American medical situation is a joke. It seems more like a diary chenged into a book to make some money. It doens't reveal any new grounds on medicine, it doesn't give any lesson in medicine's history, nothing !
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Anyway you look at it, this is the worst book by Michael Crichton. Written in 1969, it's totally pointless, there's absolutely no conclusion about real prospects for the future of medicine at the end. It is what it is: a kind of observation notes written by a medical school student, nothing more. A shame.
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This book is a total flaw. The only reason someone who isn't a doctor would buy it is because it was written by Michael Crichton. I suspect even doctors will find it boring. The title words " The HOSPITAL EXPLAINED " must be a joke by the editors. What is briefly explained is a little bit of medicine history. The language is dry, well, see for yourself ...
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By M. Fonseca on Jan. 3 2001
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It's plain clear that this book was published again, after twenty years, due to Crichton's amazing fame as writer and screenwriter. There is nothing much, the language is totally dry, the patient's cases are often buried into a ton of medical terminology ( of course .. ) Anyway, I thought, at the end, that the book is totally outdated.
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