What is really frightening about this book is how easy it was for Charles Cullen, a qualified nurse, to work for years in the US hospital system and murder so many people.
As the story progresses, the various hospitals he worked for knew something bad was happening but chose not to investigate for fear of the consequences.
It was only when an official at the US Poisons Center was consulted that questions started to be asked. He tried to follow up a case he'd been briefed on but the hospital shut it down. Later, when an investigator came to him, he was able to help unravel the facts.
The horrifying part is that people's lives were being taken, but numerous hospitals chose to put their reputation before patient wellbeing.
A truly shocking but important read because of how it exposes the duplicity of a system where noone is overseeing the hospitals and all investigation is normally kept in-house.
Title: The good nurse : a true story of medicine, madness, and murder
Author: Charles Graeber
Clare K works at Massey Library in West Auckland. She believes that there is nothing you can't learn from a book, and the more you know the more you grow.