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 writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst 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 listener 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.
©2013 Sheri Fink (P)2013 Random House Audio
I had heard about some court cases after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, pertaining to the possibility that some people were euthanized in hospitals and nursing homes. I didn't know the outcome. This author brings us the facts of this time -- five days -- after Katrina left and the city began flooding due to broken levees. She describes it day by day, using the words of the various people who were at the hospitals. I ended the book wondering what I would do in their shoes. It resulted in many conversations with nurses I know and adult children of nursing home patients. The last chapter describes new practices put into place for future natural disasters, but it left me slow to criticize what choices people make in critical situations.
Anyone can talk herself into evil. Anyone can do evil by just going along with someone who claims responsibility for it
People were killed needlessly because of foolishness.
It was fine
In which the way other hospitals handled Katrina
I appreciated the author mentioning the Army Corps of Engineers and the failed levies as the cause of the outsized degree of suffering from a hurricane that had become rather tame by the time it hit New Orleans. Harry Shearer's film The Big Uneasy would be a useful companion. Narration of the movie would be a great audiobook.
I like good books
The book was an amazing true story
The stories of each of the doctors and nureses
Getting people out of the hospital
That there is a 2 pronged syetem of doctors proscribing medication and nurses administiring it
Great read and narrarator
I kept putting this listen off because I really wasn't that interested in more about Katrina. But I was quickly drawn in to the well told and interesting account of this event during the storm. Fink has put together a well rounded picture of the people involved, how decisions came about, and the broader implications for our disaster recovery institutions and infrastructure.
Very interesting look into an event which many of us only experienced from a distance. The book was fair to many sides in this scenario but at times seems to show favoritism towards real people/businesses reflected in this book.
Anna Poe; I was torn on what to think about her
She was clear and put emphasis properly on words
This book made me question some of my thinking on end of life scenarios. I work with an organization which was included in this book and I didn't realize that when I purchased this book. It was hard listening to some of their involvement in this event.
One of those books that you stay in the car to listen to even when you have arrived at your destination
The story was delivered in a very unbiased and informative manner. The fact that the author left her own prejudices out of her reporting is an absolute mark of a great investigative reporter. I loved how she built her characters giving us an idea of who the people were before the tragedy.
She is well spoken, easy to listen to...her voice and tone are pleasant and engaging.
I had to keep listening because I had to know what happened next....what did these people do...how did they cope...I kept trying to imagine what I would do in this situation. I love the survival mode genre because it exposes how humans react in extreme situations.
A must read for those that need an engaging story from page 1.
This book presents a compelling story that has real relevance for our time. The story is clearly and carefully told and beautifully read by Kirsten Potter. The problem for a listener is that it has a cast of thousands. All these people are really hard to keep straight, and I can only hope that the printed book has a directory for a reader. A listener will have no trouble getting the overall contours of what happened, but the details of who did what and when were hard for this listener to retain across the length of the narrative.
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
The time the doctors killed.
Five Days at Memorial was a first for me. I found myself in it's tight grip from the first word spoken. I was shocked, horrified, and sickened, and yet I couldn't stop listening.
She has a pleasant and easily understood voice.
Five Days at Memorial, A doctors guide to murder.
I can only hope I am never in the hospital during a crisis. I informed my family to let me die at home and let God make the decision, not a Doctor with a vile of morphine.
No, It was not as interesting as I thought it would be
Yes, be more careful of reading the hype associated with mediocre books!!!
Thats enough wasted on this book
This is a true story of how Memorial Hospital's doctors and nurses met the challenges of taking care of patients during and in the aftermath of Katrina. The story will linger with you long after you finish.
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