Five days at Memorial : life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital

by Fink, Sheri,

Format: Large Print 2014.
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Summary
A New York Times Bestseller Culminating six years of Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting, physician Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled amid the chaos of Hurricane Katrina. In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* As the floodwaters rose after Hurricane Katrina, patients, staff, and families who sheltered in New Orleans' Memorial Hospital faced a crisis far worse than the storm itself. Without power, an evacuation plan, or strong leadership, caregiving became chaotic, and exhausted doctors and nurses found it difficult to make even the simplest decisions. And, when it came to making the hardest decisions, some of them seem to have failed. A number of the patients deemed least likely to survive were injected with lethal combinations of drugs even as the evacuation finally began in earnest. Fink, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her reporting on Memorial in the New York Times Magazine, offers a stunning re-creation of the storm, its aftermath, and the investigation that followed (one doctor and two nurses were charged with second-degree murder but acquitted by a grand jury). She evenhandedly compels readers to consider larger questions, not just of ethics but race, resources, history, and what constitutes the greater good, while humanizing the countless smaller tragedies that make up the whole. And, crucially, she provides context, relating how other hospitals fared in similar situations. Both a breathtaking read and an essential book for understanding how people behave in times of crisis.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""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. (Sept. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series.
Subjects Memorial Medical Center (New Orleans, La.)
Disaster hospitals -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
Disaster medicine -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
Health facilities -- Louisiana -- Administration -- Case studies.
Forensic pathology -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Case studies.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
Large type books.
Publisher Detroit :2014.
Edition Large print edition.
Other Titles 5 days at Memorial
Language English
Awards National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, 2013; Pulitzer Prize
Description 921 pages (large print) : maps ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 777-917).
ISBN 9781410466228
1410466221
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