Cincinnati's Good Samaritan Hospital - A History by John H. Wilson, M.D.

Dr. John H. Wilson, a prominent cardiologist at Good Samaritan Hospital, has an insider's affection and perspective toward the subject of his new book, Cincinnati’s Good Samaritan Hospital: A History. Wilson served as an intern, medical resident, and chief medical resident at Good Samaritan Hospital from 1980 to 1983, before training in cardiology and electrophysiology at the Cleveland Clinic. He returned to Good Samaritan in 1986 where he practices as the director of electrophysiology and the section head of Cardiology.

Countless Greater Cincinnati newborns took their first breath at Good Samaritan, and the 160- year-old hospital is, in fact, a collective part in their individual life stories. For local families, the hospital holds a wealth of special memories. Early on, Dr. Wilson acknowledges that “the history of Good Samaritan Hospital is inseparable from the history of the Sisters of Charity.” This sets the tone for the nineteenth century portion of the book, which reveals the origins of the Sisters' health care mission in the hospital they established in Cincinnati's West End in 1852.

Wilson captures the spirit of the current Clifton Avenue hospital and that of the remarkable people who made "Good Sam" an outstanding teaching and specialty health care facility. Each page of this beautifully designed and illustrated book brings to life different aspects of the hospital's vital role in local history, including the individuals who founded and funded Good Samaritan, the hospital's many departments, its notable physicians, and its dedicated volunteers. Little-known images and the author's insider perspective bring distinction to this book People involved or interested in the medical field and readers with a passion for local history will find fascinating facts and little-known images in this important publication by one the Cincinnati's leading physicians. The 190-page book includes more than 100 illustrations, including rare prints and historic professional photographs from the Good Samaritan archives.


John H. Wilson, director of Electrophysiology and the section head of Cardiology at Good Samaritan Hospital, is a native of Cincinnati and a lover of local history. He has a large collection of books documenting the history of Cincinnati and another collection of unusual artifacts made in Cincinnati.

Before embarking on a medical career he obtained a Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati, writing his Masters’ thesis on the Impact of Technology on Obstetrical Practices. He gained an interest in this topic from his after school job as a nursing technician in the Obstetrical department at Bethesda Oak Hospital.

Dr. Wilson has been an innovator in electrophysiology and was the first in the city to perform catheter ablation, implant defibrillators in the EP lab using minimally invasive techniques, and perform lead extraction using laser, among many other things. He received a Health Care Hero award for these accomplishments in 2009 and a lifetime achievement award in 2011 for his teaching work. He has published extensively in medical journals and has an earlier book, Cardiac EP Exam Preparation: A Review for Allied Professionals.

Cincinnati's Good Samaritan Hospital - A History by John H. Wilson, M.D.


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