Five Days At Memorial: Life And Death In A Storm-ravaged Hospital

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Five Days At Memorial: Life And Death In A Storm-ravaged Hospital

by Sheri Fink

Crown Publishing Group | September 10, 2013 | Hardcover

3.75 out of 5 rating. 4 Reviews

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.57 in

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307718964

ISBN - 13: 9780307718969

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Five Days At Memorial: Life And Death In A Storm-ravaged Hospital

Five Days At Memorial: Life And Death In A Storm-ravaged Hospital

by Sheri Fink

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 6.3 × 9.45 × 1.57 in

Published: September 10, 2013

Publisher: Crown Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307718964

ISBN - 13: 9780307718969

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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.

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. Most recently, her coverage of Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac received the Mike Berger Award from Columbia University and the Beat Reporting Award from the Association of Healthcare Journalists. 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.

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Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction New York Times Bestseller A New York Times   Book Review  Best Book of 2013 (Top Five Nonfiction) Shortlisted for the ALA 2014 Andrew Carnagie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Winner of the Ridenhour Book Prize Entertainment Weekly ''s #1 Nonfiction Book of 2013 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist A Time Magazine Best Nonfiction Book of 2013 An NPR’s 2013 Great Reads book A Chicago Tribune Top Ten Book of 2013 A Seattle Times Best Book of the Year MSNBC''s Morning Joe Book Club Inaugural Pick Wall Street Journal Bestseller A Christian Science Monitor Best of the Year Book NPR Bestseller #1 New York Times /Science Bestseller list Shortlisted for the Ridenhour Book Prize ALA 2014 Notable Book Library Journal Top Ten Book of 2013 A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2013 A Hudson Bookseller Best Book of 2013 Kansas City Star Best Book of 2013 A Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2013 A Bookish Editor''s Pick for Best of the Year Two months on the New York Times / Science Bestseller list New York Times Book Review Editor''s Choice A Nieman Reports Top Ten Investigative Journalism Book of 2013 "A" – Entertainment Weekly #1 September Book – Christian Science Monitor One of USA Today ''s "Coolest Books" for Fall One of People magazine''s "Great Reads" in New Nonfiction "What we have here is masterly reporting and the glow of fine writing.” – Sherwin B. Nuland, New York Times Book Revi
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