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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

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One of the New York Times’s Best Ten Books of the Year

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction

Winner of the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize, and the SIBA 2014 Book Award for Nonfiction

An ALA Notable Book, finalist for the NYPL 2014 Helen Bernstein Award, finalist for the SIBA Book Award, shortlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award, and shortlisted for ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal

An NPR “Great Reads” Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, a Time Magazine Best Book, Entertainment Weekly’s #1 Nonfiction Book, a Christian Science Monitor Best Book, and a Kansas City Star Best Book

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina – and her suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice.

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.

In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.

 

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation into the deaths of patients at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, a gripping portrayal of unfolding calamity, vital choices and the suspenseful quest for truth and justice.

 

In the tradition of the best writing on medicine and its power to reveal the most intimate of human truths, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of the patients, doctors, rescue workers, nurses, and family members who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos.

After Katrina struck, the floodwaters rose, the power failed and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers decided whose lives to preserve and who would most likely die in the face of serious illness and delayed rescue.  The result was an almost unthinkable tragedy: Several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.  In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, tough-minded and compassionate, Fink powerfully captures the fragility of human life, professional dedication, and civic duty.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, is the definitive account of those events and an engrossing drama that exposes the hushed dilemmas of end-of-life care.  With her expert knowledge and remarkable understanding, Fink brings the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.  Fink shows just how ill-prepared we are as Americans for the impact of large-scale disasters and how we can do better.  A remarkable book that is impossible to put down, Five Days at Memorial will change your understanding of how we survive unprecedented events and how we value life.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink's landmark work of narrative nonfiction re-creates the world of a hospital ravaged by post-Katrina floodwaters and examines the central question of what doctors and other caregivers owe their patients in the best, and worst, of circumstances.

In the tradition of Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Spirit Catches You, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of the doctors and nurses who struggled to preserve life amidst chaos.

     After Katrina destroyed the generators that make twenty-first century medicine possible, to be a patient at Memorial meant you were wholly at the mercy of caregivers forced to make a cascade of decisions about whose lives could be preserved and who would most likely die in the face of serious illness and limited medical care. The result was an almost unthinkable tragedy: several health professionals deliberately injected severely ill patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

     In an engrossing narrative that exposes the human drama that fuels medicine and the unchartered territory of end-of-life care, Fink brings the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about just how ill-prepared we are as Americans for the impact of large-scale disasters on the most vulnerable among us.

About the Author

SHERI FINK'S reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. Fink, a former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, received her MD and PhD from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital, is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804128094
Author:
Fink, Sheri
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Author:
Potter, Kirsten
Subject:
Crime - True Crime
Subject:
Sociology-Disasters and Disaster Relief
Subject:
new orleans;non-fiction;hurricane katrina;disaster;euthanasia;medicine;medical ethics;ethics;hospital;louisiana;disasters;hurricanes;history;medical;medical care
Edition Description:
Fourteen CD
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
COMPACT DISC
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.8 x 5.08 x 1.6 in 0.88 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation into the deaths of patients at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, a gripping portrayal of unfolding calamity, vital choices and the suspenseful quest for truth and justice.

 

In the tradition of the best writing on medicine and its power to reveal the most intimate of human truths, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of the patients, doctors, rescue workers, nurses, and family members who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos.

After Katrina struck, the floodwaters rose, the power failed and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers decided whose lives to preserve and who would most likely die in the face of serious illness and delayed rescue.  The result was an almost unthinkable tragedy: Several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.  In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, tough-minded and compassionate, Fink powerfully captures the fragility of human life, professional dedication, and civic duty.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, is the definitive account of those events and an engrossing drama that exposes the hushed dilemmas of end-of-life care.  With her expert knowledge and remarkable understanding, Fink brings the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing.  Fink shows just how ill-prepared we are as Americans for the impact of large-scale disasters and how we can do better.  A remarkable book that is impossible to put down, Five Days at Memorial will change your understanding of how we survive unprecedented events and how we value life.

From the Hardcover edition.

"Synopsis" by , Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink's landmark work of narrative nonfiction re-creates the world of a hospital ravaged by post-Katrina floodwaters and examines the central question of what doctors and other caregivers owe their patients in the best, and worst, of circumstances.

In the tradition of Mountains Beyond Mountains and The Spirit Catches You, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of the doctors and nurses who struggled to preserve life amidst chaos.

     After Katrina destroyed the generators that make twenty-first century medicine possible, to be a patient at Memorial meant you were wholly at the mercy of caregivers forced to make a cascade of decisions about whose lives could be preserved and who would most likely die in the face of serious illness and limited medical care. The result was an almost unthinkable tragedy: several health professionals deliberately injected severely ill patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

     In an engrossing narrative that exposes the human drama that fuels medicine and the unchartered territory of end-of-life care, Fink brings the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about just how ill-prepared we are as Americans for the impact of large-scale disasters on the most vulnerable among us.

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