The Good Nurse

The Good Nurse

A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

Book - 2013
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After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.
Publisher: New York :, Twelve,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455574131
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 G756g 2013
Characteristics: 307 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 30, 2018

If you have ever worked at a hospital, you can visualize this story. I worked on the cardiac care unit and sometimes in ICU and CCU so I was familiar with the drugs in the story. They may bog down those who are not familiar with the medical terms. I could see how also this man got away with it for so many years with the shortage of nursing staff in the medical field and hospitals not wanting a bad reputation. Interesting read that is not gory; but very factual. Great heads up for family members to not be afraid to ask questions and keep your own records of meds being given.

Apr 17, 2018

Shocking story of how the health system failed to protect patients. MUST read for medical professionals.

Feb 07, 2015

I really like the way Graeber uses words to paint a very clear picture in my mind. Story was captivating. Where are his other books? I predict that he is going to be in demand!

JCLBethanyT May 22, 2014

Like any good true crime, The Good Nurse combines suspense with grisly detail, coupled with the catharsis of arrest at the end, but Graeber goes above and beyond, with prose that veers into the haunting and by layering in the sinister overtones of the for-profit hospitals desperate to avoid liability--so desperate that they ended up enabling the Angel of Death's sixteen year career. Nominated for an Edgar and featured on many "Best of 2013" lists, this is a great read for newbies to the genre as well as the seasoned readers.

niftygal Feb 02, 2014

EW top 10 Nonfiction of 2013

athompson10 Aug 25, 2013

Interesting story but sometimes told in a choppy manner. Very erratic footnotes/notes, most of which would better serve the narration if they were part of the main text.

d2013 May 06, 2013

I can't believe this is a true story. Kind of scary I must say.

Apr 25, 2013

Gripping tale of how this guy managed to work his way through many hospitals leaving bodies in his wake. As much a damning indictment of hospital bureaucracy as the story of a deeply disturbed individual.
I was bothered not only by many typographical and grammatical errors throughout which really should have been caught by the editors, but also by the fact that there is not much insight into the workings of Mr. Cullen's mind. The author makes it clear that he was able to get closer than most, and that it is something we will probably never know, but nevertheless, it's frustrating.


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