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Five Days at Memorial

Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

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Description

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 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 of those caregivers 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 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.

One of The New York Times' Best Ten Books of the Year

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 08, 2013 –  They were in a war zone, Fink (War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival) writes of those stranded inside New Orleans Memorial Medical Center in the calamitous wake of Hurricane Katrina. In this astonishing blend of Pulitzer Prize winning journalism (Fink, who also has an M.D. and Ph.D., won the award for the investigative reporting on which this book is based) and breathtaking narration, she chronicles the chaotic evacuation of the hospital and the agonizing ethical, physical, and emotional quandaries facing Memorial nurses and doctors, including a nightmarish triage process that led to the controversial decision to inject critically ill patients with fatal doses of morphine in order to refocus attention on those with a chance of surviving. An alarming 45 bodies were recovered from the crippled hospital, nine of which were deemed suspected victims of euthanasia. Yet investigators realized that unraveling the tragedies was as impossible as collecting fragments of a fractured mirror and then, somehow, inferring what image had once appeared there. Some members of the medical staff were charged with murder, but a grand jury acquitted them. Plenty of hard-earned lessons were learned from the stunningly mismanaged response to the disaster, yet Fink acknowledges that for the families of those who never made it out of Memorial, the war against nature could only be considered a loss.

Customer Reviews

Outstanding,,,,

This book is very thought provoking. I have worked in a hospital all of my life and I am not sure what I would have done. The author does an amazing job of presenting the story from all sides so.that readers are able to make their own decisions about what is right and what is wrong. Loved it!!!!!!

Really fantastic writing

Since purchasing "Five Days At Memorial" I've been glued to this book. It's one of those rare reads that not only is hard to physically put down, but you're constantly thinking and re-thinking it over and over...in a good way. The story is of course heartbreaking and extremely well investigated.
Ms Fink writes in such a way that you feel as if you are write there, standing along side the nurses, doctors, patients, rescuers and everyone else. Emotionally feeling what they endured.
I just can't stress enough of what a well written, thought provoking book this is.
By far the best nonfiction of 2013!

Excellent

This book is great! I'm studying Emergency Management and this is a real eye opener of what might be ahead in my career. I strongly recommend this book to anyone in the field as well as everyone else.

Five Days at Memorial
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  • $13.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Social Science
  • Published: Sep 10, 2013
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 592 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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