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

by Fink, Sheri (Author)

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"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 to maintain life amid chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the... Full description

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Summary: "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 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. 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."--From Amazon.com
Physical Description: xviii, 558 pages : map ; 25 cm
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 9780307718969 (hbk.)
0307718964 (hbk.)
9780307718983 (ebk.)
0307718980 (ebk.)
Author Notes: Sheri Fink is an American journalist and a reporter on subjects covering health, medicine and science. Her articles appeared in a number of high profiled publications such as the New York Times, Discover and Scientific American. She is a 1990 graduate of the University of Michigan and received her Ph D and MD from Stanford University in 1998 and 1999.

Dr. Fink is a currently a senior fellow with Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and a staff reporter at ProPublica in New York. On April 12, 2010, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for an article published by ProPublica website. The winning article was about the deadly choices faced at one New Orleans hospital during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The article also made her a finalist for the 2010 Michael Kelly Award. She also won a 2010 National Magazine Award for Reporting for the article. In 2015 she won a PEN Literary Award for her title Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, as the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.

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