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Five Days at Memorial

Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

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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.

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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.

Product Details
Paperback (576 pages)
Published: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Imprint: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780307718976
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  • Five Days at Memorial

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    Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital
    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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