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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital (Large Print / Paperback)

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I predict that this will be one of the biggest books of the year. I couldn’t stop thinking and talking about it. Five Days at Memorial recounts the hour-to-hour movements and decisions of the doctors at Memorial Medical Center following Hurricane Katrina, including the horrifying decision to inject severely ill patients with life-ending drugs. If you devoured Zeitoun by Dave Eggers, you simply must read Five Days at Memorial. It is powerful, engrossing, and essential.

— Kat

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Memorial Hospital became known as the hospital that euthanized patients during the flood. The truth, however, is infinitely more complicated than that, and in this brilliant, completely engrossing book, Sheri Fink tells the whole story from every angle she can. This book sucked me in, didn’t let go, and left me stunned. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

— Flannery


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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781594137648
ISBN-10: 1594137641
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Lpp
Publication Date: September 30th, 2015
Pages: 856
Language: English
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Last Updated At: 4/17/2021 06:25am