ONE PATIENT AT A TIME by Milton L. Zisowitz


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A lecturer and research writer attached to the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center gives an institutional look at this great university medical college which, while treating 30,000 patients annually, heals ""one patient at a time"". He shows how medical service today is often teamed up with other welfare services; he views the teaching courses, for doctors in training and nurses; the various departments and some of the special projects (i.e. alcoholism at Payne Whitney- the psychiatric clinic). He gives a nodding introduction to most of the big names here, surgeon Frank Glenn, pathologist Papanicolau, Nobel Laureate du Vigneaud, etc. He also selects some of the most dramatic examples of modern medicine in action as it deals with a heart attack; a stroke; kidney failure; and that most surgical procedure of all- an open heart operation. Zisowitz is an always admiring spectator- interpreter as the hospital functions efficiently, the men in their immaculate white make their rounds, and presumably one of the purposes here is to inspire confidence and attract support. This it does, but it presumes a fairly uninformed market- say those who haven't even cut their teeth on Frank Slaughter.

Pub Date: May 4th, 1961
Publisher: Random House