Shocking Details Revealed In “The Good Nurse” [REVIEW]

Most nurses give excellent quality of care to their patients. However, there are some who do more harm than good.

Charles Graeber

Charles Graeber (Photo courtesy Gabrielle V. Allen)

Charles Graeber, author of The Good Nurse: a True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, shows how Charlie Cullen is implicated in as many as 400 patient deaths in nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Throughout this book, I was amazed at the number of times Cullen was questioned surrounding suspicious deaths of patients in various hospitals. However, each time he was released because of insufficient evidence. I was left wondering “How could this possibly happen?”

Graeber reveals to the reader that Charlie “had thirteen years’ of experience at six different hospitals and despite having left under claims of incompetence and suspicion of worse, at nearly all of them. he could count on former coworkers to confirm his dates.” (69)

The Good Nurse


To many, this may seem inconceivable, yet if a confidential informant had not come forward Charlie Cullen would have no doubt killed more patients than the ones reported. This book is so riveting and well written that I had a difficult time putting it down. I was fascinated with the mind of a “madman” as well as the way Charles Graeber penned him on paper.

My mind is still reeling from all the near misses and potential areas patients are vulnerable when in the care of hospitals and medical professionals. It truly is a wonder that humans are able to recover from disease when so much can and does go wrong. Hence, Charles Graeber‘s The Good Nurse by  is a beautifully written book that reads like a novel but details horrific events of the serial killer called “The Angel of Death.”

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About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

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