In the spirit of Oliver Sacks Awakenings and the TV series House, Dr. Eric Manheimer's Twelve Patients is a memoir from the medical director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of 12 very different patients - from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons - to illustrate larger societal issues.
Manheimer is not only the medical director of the country's oldest public hospital, but he is also a patient. As the audiobook unfolds, he is diagnosed with cancer and is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life - even as he struggles to save the lives of others.
©2012 Eric Manheimer (P)2012 Hachette
Eric Manheimer did an awesome job of not only writing the book but also narrating it. I have been involved in Hospital healthcare for over 30 years and understand his joys and his frustrations.
Eric was able to tell his story and the story of his patients in such a way that it made you feel like you were right there at the bedside with him. When describing patient's conditions and procedures, he did it in a way that the lay person could understand exactly what he was talking about, yet he didn't "dumb it down" so much that the professional was bored. Each patient was a story by itself, which kept the book interesting. Also, by describing his life at Bellevue, he was able to show the decline in Healthcare in the US over the past 30 years without being preachy about it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading non-fiction true life medical stories.
I bought this audible book because of the high reviews. I expected to learn something about medicine/bellevue.Those subjects were somewhat discussed (unbelievably in English) but the rest of the book might as well have been in Spanish because that's all I heard as the author speaks back and forth to his paitents - in my foreign tongue. Nice - but for some reason it drove me CRAZY or LOCA depending on how you look at it. He also explains his and other's Latino culture - IN DETAIL.....until I went completly LOCA and - ELIMINADA DEL LIBRO!!!!!! (for our English readers) means DELETED THE BOOK!!!! This book might be fine and a very good listen for others. It just hit me the wrong way. Sorry
i dont know - eric manheimer was dry but did have some care in his voice
must have latino background to understand
It is very different to the rest of the ancient historic books that I normally read, but this was very interesting and eye opening to the daily reality of managing a Hospital
The knowledge and attention to detail
His voice changes when needed, in some other chapters it seem still painful for him to re-live the past.
Life at Bellevue
Great to listen, a sad reflection of our society
I can't say I really liked anything "best" about it. I usually enjoy medical nonfiction, but found the stories kind of boring. I don't know if this had to do with the narrator. No inflection or differentiation between characters by voice. I also found it irritating how political views were inserted in the narration. I guess he had every right to do so because it is a nonfiction account of cases he was a part of, but for some reason it seemed to take away from the actual story that was being told.
The narrative is convoluted and I could not follow it. Some of the author's self-revelatory anecdotes were interesting but many of them sounded like a scree from a benzedrine storyteller. I tried to listen all the way through, but had to switch it off for lack of interest.
While the stories were insightful, giving you the feeling of actually sensing the characters turmoil, the doctor should have let someone else read the book to us. He sounds flat and for lack of other words, like he is reading out loud in class.
I think I would have enjoyed reading this book instead of listening to it.
When Dr. Manheimer learned that he had cancer and was now also a patient.
Overall yes, seem to drag a few times but still riveting.
Stirred my emotions, compassion, fear of being sick, voyeurism, sense of getting real life, privileged information/life stories although names and identities are hidden.
Good opportunity to better understand a section of New York Cities daily life, covering all economic and cultural levels. Felt like I was there at Dr. Manheimer's side. I really enjoyed this audio book.
Yes. I am a nurse who deals with patients and events very similar to the ones Manheimer describes. He very effectively captures the difficulties, anguish and satisfaction of being in the medical profession. He also weaves in the societal ills that lead to physical illness.
Manheimer's story is one of the most affecting.
How did you get to this place.
Moving, meaningful and realistic. I am a nurse manager and I plan to buy a copy for each of my 30 nurses.
Many thanks to the good doctor for sharing his experiences! But remember that three-legged stool, i.e., content, packaging and promotion? In audio books the reader is the primary packager. Some books can’t miss because of their content. This is such a book. But it would have been much better read by someone else. The trouble with authors reading is that they know their own material too well and they fail to realize how it is being delivered. They wrongly assume that others will always catch the full weight of their ideas. It is a kind of blindness. Sometimes a sentence lacks the inflection that carries the listener along. This makes it hard to follow and with such compelling stories that is sad. Reading a book for oneself can be passive in a sense because the mind gives the content its due. Reading a book to another person must be done actively. The zest must be put in where it is needed. Listeners just won’t bother backing the book up to re-read like they can so easily re-read paper books. I am not being hard on the author. It is taken for granted that not all songwriters can sing. Aircraft engineers are not test pilots. Architects are not carpenters. I am glad that I can listen to the book again. And I will when I have more time and can concentrate on it.
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