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WOMAN'S. CASE SHOWS UP RANK CRUELTY
PRACTICED AT COUNTY HOSPITAL
Cruelty at the County Hospital, a
practice supposed to have ceased, is
flourishing under 4e .administration
of President Alexander McCormick,
so-called "reform" head of the coun
ty board, according to a patient.
Racently a woman, harlly able to
move in bed, was forced to undergo
terrible treatment at the hands of the
The woman, Mrs. James Rush,
wife of a machinist at 550 N. 51st
center, and a mother of eight chil
dren, was taken to the hospital suf
fering from a form of paralysis of
the lower limbs.
The case was a deserving one. It
was of the kind that the County Hos
pital was built for. So the woman
was taken there. Unfortunately for
her, as it later proved, her husband
asked a Democratic office-holder,
Hugh Buckley, to aid her.
Immediately the Republican offi
cials became indignant. But her case
was cerious. They were, forced to
take her in.
But that was about as far as their
aid extended. When she was put in
bed, unable to move her limbs, they
left her alone. The woman asserts,
and her relatives and friends verify
her assertions, that she received ab
solutely no treatment and (hat the
doctor in charge, Dr. Gould, did noth
ing when she cried in pain. Mrs. Rush
is 39 years old. Dr. Gould commented
"It's a very funny thing a woman
only thirty-nine shouldn't be able to
walk," he sniffed.
Her meals during that time con
sisted of eggs, cabbage, toast, beans,
bread and coffee.
The woman's condition became
worse At the end of eight days she
pleaded for something to relieve her
agony. The husband tried to con
vince the doctors his wife needed
care. They refused to improve their
handling of the case.
Finally the husband went back to
Buckley. Buckley, however, was
powerless to aid the man. He was
not a friend of McCormick or the ad
ministration. However, he went
down to the county building to try
and find some one who would see
that the woman got at least an even
chance to recover her health.
His search brought him to Com
missioner Prank Ragen. The com-
j missioner heard the story and was
moved. He went over to the County
Hospital and went in to see the wo
man. She lay groaning in bed. Ragen
investigated and found that she was
badly in need of care.
Then the commissioner went to see
Dr. Gould and the nurse, Miss Lar
son. He asked that the woman be
given some care. After he had gone
Gould strode to the side of the sick
woman, his eyes blazing.
"What do you mean by making a
kick to Ragen. What do you want,
an army of specialists and trained
nurses. Besides, we don't care what
Ragen says anyway. Now I'm going
to give you a treatment and tomor
row you gotta either walk or go
The woman suffered through the
night. In the morning her clothes
were brought to her. She tried to
arise, but the pain in her back and
in her limbs was too much. She
After a short time the doctor came
to her and ordered her to get up.
"I told you last night you had to
get up and walk or get out of here,"
he snarled. "Now what are you go
ing to do?"
"I can't get up, doctor," the woman
pleaded, "honestly I can't."
"Well, if you can't get up," said
the doctor with finality, "I'm going
to call up your husband and have
you taken home. Can you afford an