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The author of the book: Sheri Fink
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Edition: Books on Tape
Date of issue: September 10th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780804128117
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The size of the: 29.61 MB
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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."
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Read information about the authorDr. 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 the 2012 hurricane season and its effects on the health care systems of New York City and New Orleans won the Mike Berger Award from Columbia Journalism School and the beat reporting award from the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2013. Her story “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” co-published by ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine, chronicled decisions made by the medical staff of one New Orleans hospital in the desperate days after Hurricane Katrina.
Fink is a fellow at the New America Foundation. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, she received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival (PublicAffairs), is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.