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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 2

Disease as a Medical Failure

A Transforming Paradigm

SOMETIME IN THE early hours of July 1, 1966, Carleton Hensley, a retired Sparrow’s Point welder, was admitted from the Johns Hopkins Hospital accident room to an acute unit of the hospital’s charity wing. Mr. Hensley was incoherent, his diabetes de-compensated, his long-abused liver and ailing kidneys failing, taxed past their limits. Barely past its sixtieth year, his body was already used up, exhausted by excess, neglect, and bad choices.

In 1966, even at the elite Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, there were no intensive care units. On Osler 2—the second floor of the charity service’s acute wing, named for William Osler, the near-mythical godfather of modern American medicine—there ...

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