One doc’s concern about Chicago’s ‘death gap’ fuels sobering new book


Dr. David Ansell has spent about 40 years working at three hospitals within a 2-mile stretch on the Near West Side, treating patients and serving in various management roles.

He can’t shake the inequity he’s witnessed among his patients over the years, and how it’s contributed to their health. Consider this: The life expectancy for someone in the Loop is 85 years, but less than 5 miles west it plummets to 69 years.

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