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Five days at Memorial : life and death in a storm-ravaged hospital / Sheri Fink.

Fink, Sheri. (Author).

  • Book Book
  • ISBN: 9780307718969 (hardcover) :
  • ISBN: 0307718964 (hardcover) :
  • Description: xviii, 558 pages : map, plan ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2013.
  • Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, 2013

Available copies

  • 23 of 24 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Gloucester. (Show all copies)

Current holds

2 current holds with 24 total copies.

Library Location Call Number Status Due Date
Gloucester Adult Nonfiction 362.11/Fink (Text to Phone) Available -
Beverly Farms Adult Nonfiction RA 975 .D57 F56 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -
Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction RA 975 .D57 F56 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -
Beverly Main Adult Nonfiction RA 975 .D57 F56 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -
Bunker Hill Community College Stacks RA975 .D57 F56 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -
Danvers Adult Nonfiction RA 975 D57 F56 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynn Adult NonFiction 362.11/Fink (Text to Phone) Available -
Lynnfield Adult Nonfiction RA 975 .D57 F56 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -
Marblehead Adult Nonfiction 976.335 FINK 2013 (Text to Phone) Available -
Melrose Nonfiction (Second Floor) 362.11 Fink (Text to Phone) Available -
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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. [493]-542) and index.
Contents Note: Deadly choices -- Reckoning.
Summary: Here the author, a physician and reporter provides a landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, and a suspenseful portrayal of the quest for truth and justice. She 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. She unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, of a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing. In this book, she 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.

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