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HOSPITAL: THE HIDDEN LIVES OF A MEDICAL CENTER STAFF by Michael Medved

Simon & Schuster; 319 pages; $14.95

St. Elsewhere, M*A*S*H, General Hospital: need one list all the books, movies and TV shows that turn medicine into melodrama? Yet this Hospital is different. The Hidden Lives of a Medical Center Staff skillfully assembles interviews with 28 men and women at Memorial Medical Center, the fictitious name used to disguise a major teaching hospital in the San Francisco area. Michael Medved (What Really Happened to the Class of '65) has induced Memorial's physicians, nurses,...

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