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

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One of the "New York Times"'s Best Ten Books of the Year Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Winner of the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize, the 2014 American Medical Writers Association Medical Book Award (Public/Healthcare Consumers), and the SIBA 2014 Book Award for Nonfiction An ALA Notable Book, finalist for the NYPL 2014 Helen Bernstein Award, and shortlisted for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award and the ALA Andrew Carnegie Medal An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a "Chicago Tribune" Best Book, a "Seattle Times "Best Book, a "Time "Magazine Best Book, "Entertainment Weekly"'s #1 Nonfiction Book, a "Christian Science Monitor "Best Book, and a "Kansas City Star" Best Book 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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Product details

  • Hardback | 558 pages
  • 167.64 x 238.76 x 58.42mm | 839.14g
  • Crown Publishing Group (NY)
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0307718964
  • 9780307718969
  • 141,621

About Sheri Fink

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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"New York Times "Bestseller A "New York Times" "Book Review" Best Book of 2013 (Top Five Nonfiction) "Entertainment Weekly"'s""#1 Nonfiction Book of 2013 National Book Critics Circle Finalist "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 Review " "Dr. Fink more than delivers. She writes with a seasoned sense of how doctors and nurses improvise in emergencies, and about the ethical realms in which they work. The first half of this book, which is well paced, covers the five days of the title. Then the viewfinder shifts to an entwined legal and political story in which state authorities pursue a homicide investigation. That so many people, starkly divided over the q

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