Meet Chicago’s real top ER doc… (Spoiler alert: He’s from Cork)

From the Journal:

Seeing more than 1,000 patients a year with gunshot wounds makes a person an expert on street violence and Dr John Barrett uses a medical analogy when talking about this week’s gun crimes in America.

“Guns are the vector of violence. Malaria is spread by mosquitos. What we say in this case is, ‘Control the vector – control the thing that spreads it and then you control it’. The same is true for weaponry.”

Dr Barrett is no ordinary voice on this issue.

The Cork native headed up the trauma unit of Cook County Hospital in Chicago for decades. That name may trigger bells in your head – it was the inspiration for ER’s County General in the same city.

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