Review: Jailhouse Doc: A Doctor in the County Jail by William Wright

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William Wright gave up a suburban practice as an ear surgeon to become the doctor at Colorado’s maximum-security prison.

Jailhouse Doc follows Dr. Wright and his struggles with scamming inmates, corporate bureaucrats, and a sheriff who wants to be a doctor.

Peek behind the bars at the operations of a city jail and the daily battles to deliver medical care to a population on the edge.

Dr Wright is as candid as candid can be. Enlightening to read his perspective on the prison system along with his correctional medicine experience. He explains what lured him to correctional medicine as well as the main cause of exiting. Describing his interactions with inmates is raw yet rather compelling in a few cases. The reader will find the jailed receive thorough medical care, however, upon their release few can afford to continue with care, also many deal with addiction, lack of a proper diet, in other words resources are limited indirectly and/or directly. Dr Wright’s concerns are valid and his personal views, opinions and suggestions give you plenty to mull over.

Dr Wright’s tone is rather harsh, snarky, sarcastic, as you turn the pages and read until the end you find his directness and no-nonsense manner provide the tools required to deal with the more creative and manipulative inmates. I enjoyed his brusqueness and complete honesty. Admittedly his wit left me chuckling out loud, not taking away from the more serious instances.

A solid glimpse into the life of a doctor tending to those in a correctional facility as beauracracy, a power-hungry sheriff poses more of a challenge than the inmates.
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Paperback, 166 pages
Published September 17th 2014 by Wise Media Group (first published September 10th 2014)
ISBN13: 9781629670317

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