Maximum Insecurity A Doctor in the Supermax Winner Global Ebook Awards in the Non Fiction True Crime Category Runner Up in the General Non Fiction category at the Hollywood Book Festival Triple Finalist in the Readers Favorite Aw

  • Title: Maximum Insecurity: A Doctor in the Supermax
  • Author: WilliamWright
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  • Winner 2014 Global Ebook Awards in the Non Fiction True Crime Category Runner Up in the General Non Fiction category at the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival Triple Finalist in the Readers Favorite 2014 Award Contest Gold Medal in the Non Fiction Occupational category at the 2014 Readers Favorite Book Awards After three decades as a successful ear surgeon, William WriWinner 2014 Global Ebook Awards in the Non Fiction True Crime Category.Runner Up in the General Non Fiction category at the 2014 Hollywood Book Festival.Triple Finalist in the Readers Favorite 2014 Award Contest Gold Medal in the Non Fiction Occupational category at the 2014 Readers Favorite Book AwardsAfter three decades as a successful ear surgeon, William Wright, MD is bored beyond belief He dabbles with retirement, but finds idleness infuriating He has to do something.Then he sees an ad for a doctor s position from the Colorado Department of Corrections at a supermax prison Now that, he thinks, would be different His wife has some thoughts on the matter too She thinks her husband just lost his mind and is on a collision course with a prison shiv.After his first day on the job, he wonders if she wasn t onto something His first patient is an arrogant, callous youth convicted of five cold blooded murders Dr Wright has to steel himself not to bolt.Nothing prepares a doctor for life at the Colorado State Penitentiary He quickly discovers treating maximum security convicts is like treating recalcitrant murderous four year olds Always willing to threaten their doctors with bodily harm, they are interested in scamming drugs than treatment.Told with self depreciating humor and scathing wit, Maximum Insecurity describes Dr Wright s adventures practicing medicine in a supermax correctional facility without, he s glad to say, getting killed even once.

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      I was an ear surgeon in Indianapolis before burning out and trying to retire A second career fell into my lap with a job as the physician at the Colorado State Penitentiary, the state s maximum security prison.The experience was weird enough for me to write a book about it, Maximum Insecurity If you ve always wondered what really goes on in a supermax prison, especially trying to practice medicine in one, check it out at WilliamWrightBooks A sequel about being the medical director at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center the county jail was published 12 14 Come see it at WilliamWrightBooks.Now, here s the official bio A resident of Colorado Springs, William Bill Wright, MD earned his medical degree at the University of Michigan After working as an ear surgeon for thirty years, Bill spent eight years practicing correctional medicine with the Colorado Department of Corrections He has published over fifty medical journal articles Maximum Insecurity is the light hearted adventure of Wright s career practicing medicine in a supermax correctional facility.A commercial artist and private pilot, Bill has three black belts and is a certified instructor of Aikido and Tae Kwan Do He is married, with four children and six grandchildren.

    139 thoughts on “Maximum Insecurity: A Doctor in the Supermax”

    1. I’ve read several books about the prison system in America from the perspective of inmates or former inmates. Reading from the perspective of a civilian (Dr. Wright) who works in the prison system was an interesting point of view.In real-world private practice, patients generally try to be as truthful as possible about their medical history and whatever pain they’re experiencing so they can be treated properly for whatever problem brought them to a doctor. Dr. Wright was an ear doctor perfor [...]

    2. I feel sorryI feel sorryfor both the doctor and offenders. The bureaucracy he endures is frustrating, but in all honesty, he shows very little humanity. He doesn't share a single detailed story that he doesn't allege malingering. Also, absolutely no analysis of mental health issues, or a sophisticated look at physical effects of long-term solitary. I'm sure he means well, but his left-handed accounts are chilling. Depressing .

    3. Well, I think it's marvelous since I wrote it, but the nurses and docs seem to think it portrays working in a supermax environment pretty well. It's not something that most of us will ever experience (hopefully) and it's a chance to look over the walls and see what a medical practice in a maximum-security prison is really like.

    4. The thing about memoirs is they generally fall into one of three categories: superbly interesting, moderately interesting with a little bit of puffery or lots of puffery and not very interesting. I would categorize this book as somewhere between the latter two, placing it slightly closer to moderately interesting. What I liked about this book: it's kind of nice to know the supermax prisons are pretty safe places to work. Based on information shared from Dr Wright, mostly because the prisoners ar [...]

    5. Dr. Wright is the epitomization of all things wrong with our medical and correctional systems. With self-aggrandizing attitude, Dr. Wright dehumanizes his patients and uses them merely as foils to demonstrate his own moral and intellectual superiority. Even his colleagues and administrators aren't spared the indignity. By the end of the book I really wanted to smack the smug look off his face when he started waxing poetic about his commitment to the Hippocratic Oath.It wouldn't be so bad if this [...]

    6. This memoir provides a behind the curtain look at life within the walls of a maximum security prison and the care and treatment prisoners receive. Combining two of my favourite genres, medical memoir and true crime, this was an ideal read for me and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Following the authors decision to move away from ear surgery, he decides somewhat randomly to apply for a job as medical officer to some of the most dangerous people in the state of Colorado. I enjoyed the authors depiction o [...]

    7. This is a jaded look at prisons – and admittedly I would be jaded myself if I worked there. And after reading this I remain firmly convinced I would never want to, regardless of what the salary would be!Sadly these prisoners are not nice people – they lie, they are deceitful and very manipulative – and if they are nice to you, they want something - and that would likely lead to sex and drugs.The author is an M.D. at a maximum security prison in Colorado. He was a regular doctor for several [...]

    8. Book received from EdelweissThis was an interesting read. The doctor who wrote this started out as an ENT specialist and when he retired he decided to find something else to keep himself busy. So he found a job working for the Colorado Department of Corrections, much to his wife's dismay. He starts working in the Colorado State Penitentiary, their SuperMax prison with those who are supposed to be the worst offenders out there. I enjoyed this book, though I liked his second one much better. It is [...]

    9. I was especially excited to have won this book through First Reads because I recently read Running the Books, about a prison librarian and teacher, which I enjoyed quite a bit. Although I began reading with high hopes, I ultimately felt fairly ambivalent about this book.First, the good: I like books that transport me to new places, expose me to new and unfamiliar cultures. This book definitely does that: the prison culture is quite foreign, and this was a strong introduction to the process of me [...]

    10. Wright writes about his experience as a doctor in the super-max prison in Colorado-where they send you if you can't get along in the general prisoner population. The offenders here are a difficult bunch, and I appreciated Wright's tough but fair approach to his patients. To have a sense of humor about the job is a plus, and Wright seems to have an sardonic eye that allows him to adapt to an unnatural environment. Like many others I have a curiosity about prisons and this book helped build an und [...]

    11. 2.5 stars. While the topic was interesting enough I couldn't get past the repetitive nature of the examples used in the narrative nor the condescending tone of the stories told. It was really off putting for me. The was one section at the end where I felt he tried to establish that prisoners aren't really too far removed from the rest of the human population but it was too little too late for me.

    12. I would have done well in school if more teachers were like Dr. Wright. I don't EVER read memoirs (nonfiction in general) for the ignorance that it won't be exciting enough to keep my attention. A book without magic? Humping werewolves? Telekinetic teens? Not worth it? Not true, as it turns out.I really loved this book. Wright's the type of genius that can shoot the sh*t without making the rest of us feel like the drooling inferiors we are. He's brilliant and hilarious, slipping penal jargon int [...]

    13. I signed up to win this book and unbelievably it came in the mail, signed by the author, Dr. Wright. I was interested in reading it as I am a retired RN and thought it would be interesting to read about the practice of medicine in prison. Turns out, it was beyond interesting as there is so much humor. Of course I already knew that humor is an important part of surviving many of the unpleasant chores of working in the medical profession.Dr. Wright had a perfectly good practice in ENT but decided [...]

    14. This book was a win from . Thank you for choosing me. First of all I loved reading it. it's the story of a burnt out ear surgeon who wanted a change in life but still in the medical field. He takes a job as the dr in the Colorado State Penitentiary. After the first day on the job, he's second guessing his decision. The story is told with a lot of humor ,that I didn't expect. I found myself learning quite a bit about Maximum security. Not the type of thing you usually see on TV about prisons. I'd [...]

    15. After a 30 year career of inspecting ears, noses and throats, what's a bored ENT to do? Simple: join the medical staff at some of the most violent maximum security prisons Colorado has to offer. His lock-up adventures are told with wit, compassion and outrageous humor. What an entertaining, enlightening read, as the good Doctor takes us behind those slamming steel doors, and introduces us to the worst offenders that humanity has to offer. Highly recommend it!

    16. Supermax security inmates are mendacious and mere boredom moves them to doctor visits as a mere way of breaking routine. Complaints are routine: constipation and back pain. I don't think most authors could make that interaction and examples pointless prison bureaucracy entertaining. But, right can it does. His cynical wit and wry observations had me chuckling through this book.

    17. Mostly entertaining and filled with interesting and amusing anecdotes about the challenges surrounding providing medical care to inmates. However, Wright's clearly very high opinion of himself and criticism of the employees and system he works in are off-putting. He doesn't like the bureaucracy - I get it - but he begins to come off as whiny at times.

    18. 3.5 stars! I love medical nonfiction, and this didn't disappoint. The setting in a maximum security prison satisfied my dark curiosity. Dr Wright's adherence to the Hippocratic Oath, and recognizing that prisoners are people, restored my faith in what can be thought of as a very jaded profession.

    19. Mini Review - Enjoyed the first half with anecdotes of patients and the author's black humour. Second half became more of a diatribe on his dislike for bureaucracy and "bleeding heart liberals" and he had a bit of a holier than thou attitude that made me roll my eyes more than several times.

    20. I've worked with Dr. Wright - this book was hilarious. If you've ever worked in corrections, you get it. He's not complaining - he's telling it like it is. First book I've read and laughed out loud over in a long time.

    21. Interesting book about a day in the life of a doctor working in the prison system. I laughed at some parts, but near the end, I started to lose interest in his story because it seemed like he was telling some stories over again. Worth reading if you like reading autobiographies.

    22. What a complainer. I got so sick of his complaining about his patients. What did he expect? He is working in a prison!

    23. So much more than a memoir, this book takes the reader into the humorous, pathetic, frustrating, and sometimes hopeless world of prison healthcare (in Colorado). Those of us who have previously read, watched, and greedily absorbed prison documantary information still gain a surprising bundle of new facts from Maximum Insecurity. This mostly occurs after the book blooms into full-blown biography mode, richly describing gang affiliation, markings and splinter groups, clandestine communications, of [...]

    24. I actually worked with Dr Wright at CSP during the time he was writing this book. I remember many of the events and people (he changed the names) he writes about. There is a lot of cynicism and sarcasm in his writing style. He was that way at work too. It was a coping mechanism we both shared. One could either find a twisted way to laugh at the situation or be miserable. It was a fun trip down memory lane. It was also nice to realize that someone else shared the same frustrations I had, from bei [...]

    25. What an informative and enjoyable read. Having read both books in the box set, I am feeling all sorts of emotions towards the correctional systems. Thankfully the author provided us with many tongue in cheek anecdotes to soften the sting of the truth. It is difficult for me to accept the truth that our correctional system is terribly flawed. I really hand it to the medical professionals who can do such a great job in such a challenging environment. I highly recommend this book.

    26. This is an interesting book written by a doctor who left his thirty year position as an ear surgeon to become a general practitioner in a maximum security prison in Colorado.

    27. I received this book from the First reads giveaway program. Thank you author/publisher for the opportunity to read and review your debut book!Maximum Insecurity: A Doctor in the Supermax by William Wright is Dr. Wright's memoir of working as a physician in Colorado's supermax prison. Dr. Wright went from being an ear doctor for thirty years to jumping into the world of incarcerated criminals. I think as a society we give very little thought to the healthcare of people that are incarcerated. I h [...]

    28. I'll start my review with a quote from one of the chapters I really enjoyed: "It started out innocently enough with one inmate, Alfredo Garber, swallowing a package of colored pencils. Full length. Sharpened. I checked out the x-ray and sure enough, all twelve bundled up in a tight wad in his stomach with a few venturing into the small intestine. Too bad x-rays aren't in color. He'd be a rainbow."If the whole book had been like this, I would have liked it a LOT more. This was the kind of thing I [...]

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