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The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder Hardcover – 15 Apr 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Twelve (15 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446505293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446505291
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,579,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charles Cullen is thought to be responsible for the deaths of as many as 400 patients during his career as a nurse... His crimes are outlined in The Good Nurse, an absorbing tale that's simultaneously terrifying and barely credible... A standout true-crime book, one that doubles as both a thrilling horror story and a cautionary tale --Boston Globe The most terrifying book published this year. It is also one of the most thoughtful... The Good Nurse is gripping, sad, suspenseful, rhythmic and beautifully documented (the endnotes to this book are impressive). --Kirkus Reviews Graeber doesn't pull punches... A deeply unsettling addition to the true crime genre. --Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charles Graeber is an award winning journalist and contributor to numerous publications including Wired, GQ, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Vogue and the New York Times. Born in Iowa, he now lives in Nantucket, MA and Brooklyn, New York. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wells Glueck on 8 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
First we watch the villain relieve stress by committing both random and targeted homicides of hospital patients, including many to whom he was not assigned. Then we witness hospitals' efforts to protect their finances against lawsuits and to preserve their reputations take precedence over their obligation to protect patients. We wish we could share our knowledge with police and private detectives attempting to unravel the causes of a burgeoning number of mysterious inpatient deaths. Finally, and most thrillingly, we participate vicariously in the reconstruction of the crimes' methodology by a nurse who recognizes in the villain an echo of an uncle who repeatedly molested her when she was a child unable to convince her parents of the truth of her accusations. In the process we learn about machines called Pyxis and Cerner that infallibly record nurses' drug orders and inpatients' medical histories. I sat in the back yard, activated the audio feature of the Kindle edition, and listened to the pleasant voice of a woman who reads quickly but who reveals her imperfect education and perhaps political preference by pronouncing "résumé" as "resume" and "Iraq" as "Eye-RACK."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary F on 30 Sept. 2013
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This is a page turner. I was shocked at how long the killings continued, how difficult it was for the police to make a case, how willing hospital administrators were to cover up. We are so dependant on our carers when we are ill and so vulnerable. It highlights the importance of having good checks and balances in systems and workers who are willing to do a good job for the benefit of the patients. It is also a tribute to the two police officers who were relentless in their quest for the truth and in their determination to stop the killer. The other hero was the nurse who assisted the police.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jennybell on 20 Oct. 2013
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This book read more like a novel, making it even more chilling. Extremely well researched and written. Read all night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vivien nolan on 17 Sept. 2013
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a first rate book, the more you read the more you cannot believe what went on, you will find yourself cringeing at the injustices laid out here and will be thankful for the NHS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GCH on 1 April 2014
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This book was so well written, couldn't put it down & disappointed when I finished it. Seems almost unbelievable that there are nurses that are able to move from hospital to hospital with ease and no questions asked about history. The reputation of hospitals appears more important to to management than the safety of patients & many people should feel responsible that a nurse has got away with so many murders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Sue Mee on 12 Jun. 2014
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As a retired must nurse I find these stories horrific.Nurses are in a unique position of trust -an intimate daily contact. is established when the patient is at their most vulnerable.Never forget Beverley Allit. The stories must be told.thank you
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I usually enjoy this kind of book and was looking forward to reading it based on previous reviews, however I was very disappointed and cannot believe I read the same book! I found it to be very repetitive and poorly written in parts. I was interested in how the perpetrator had obtained the drugs etc but felt that it was very poorly explained and I feel none the wiser as to how he got away with it for so long. The hospital and police investigations had the potential to be fascinating but weren't dealt with in much depth at all. I appreciate that the murders took place over a long time span so there was a lot to cover but the book felt rushed and vague and could have been so much better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Margaret L. Fletcher on 3 Nov. 2013
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It amazes me that the laws in America caused the situation to remain unresolved for so long. Also that colleagues seemed to be afraid to blow the whistle.
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