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

ISBN-10: 0307718964

ISBN-13: 9780307718969

Edition: 2013

Authors: Sheri Fink

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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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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 9/10/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 576
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Sheri Fink is an American journalist and a reporter on subjects covering health, medicine and science. Her articles appeared in a number of high profiled publications such as the New York Times, Discover and Scientific American. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan and received her Ph D and MD from Stanford University in 1998 and 1999. Dr. Fink is a currently a senior fellow with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and a staff reporter at ProPublica in New York. On April 12, 2010, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for an article published by ProPublica website. The winning article was about the deadly choices faced at one New Orleans hospital during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The article also made her a finalist for the 2010 Michael Kelly Award. She also won a 2010 National Magazine Award for Reporting for the article.

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