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Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

de Sheri Fink

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Sociology. True Crime. Nonfiction. HTML:

The award-winning book that inspired an Apple Original series from Apple TV+ ? 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.
One of The New York Times' Best Ten Books of the Y
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  1. 60
    Zeitoun de Dave Eggers (TooBusyReading)
    TooBusyReading: Both books are fascinating and heartbreaking looks at how much went wrong as Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
  2. 10
    I Remember Nothing More de Adina Blady Szwajger (akblanchard)
    akblanchard: Desperate circumstances force physicians to make decisions that no one should have to make.
  3. 10
    The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast de Douglas Brinkley (IsolaBlue)
  4. 10
    A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge de Josh Neufeld (pbirch01)
  5. 00
    In the Wake of Terror: Medicine and Morality in a Time of Crisis de Jonathan D. Moreno (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Moreno's book is pure ethics; Fink's book is a dramatic story about people trying to deal with a disaster and ethics at the same time.
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    Theatre of Fish: Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador de John Gimlette (Sandwich76)
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Interesting from a management, moral and ethical standpoint. However, I found the overall structure of the book as sometimes hard to follow with the number of subjects, inconsistent stories, and jumping around in time. ( )
  devilhoo | Jan 3, 2024 |
HEARTWRENCHING!!! ( )
  cfulton20 | Nov 13, 2023 |
Five Days In Memorial was one of the most troubling and disturbing books I've ever read. It is broken into two parts. The first half tells of the deplorable conditions the doctors and nurses had to work under after their hospital was crippled by Hurricane Katrina. In 21st century America it simply should not have taken 5 whole days to evacuate a hospital filled with critically ill patients. This inexcusable delay led to the doctors doing what they felt was best for the patients. In some cases this meant administrating overdoses of morphine to end the suffering and gently lead the patients into their inevitable passing So what to the politicians who completely let down the doctors do after the hurricane is over ? The decide to charge the doctors and nurses of Memorial with murder.
The second half of the book covers this process and was more disturbing than the first half. The way the lawyers and politicians vehemently went after the health care professionals who did the best they could in a terrible situation absolutely sickened me. In many cases it really seemed they were doing it merely to further their own careers. Since I strongly recommend reading the book,I wont reveal how things eventually turned out. ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
Imagine that you have some chronic but stable illness ( a verschlepte krank) and you also have some feature or trait that might be irritating to your caregivers; you moan or you are obese and require assistance for this and that. Now suppose that you have become isolated with your caregivers from the outside world, and add some or all of the following ingredients:

1. Raise the ambient temperature 15 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Cut off all electricity and running water.
3. Cut off communication with the outside world except for talk radio
4. Have third hand intermittent contact with various “rescuers” who seem confused and unreliable
5. Give yourself an IV line and make morphine and Versed readily available.
6. Place a short-statured narcissistic female ENT cancer surgeon, who is used to making life and death decisions and to justifying her mistakes, in charge.

How long until someone decides to give you morphine and Versed until you die?
Four days. ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
NA ( )
  eshaundo | Jan 7, 2023 |
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What developed over the five days, in a hospital ironically well supplied with bottled water and food, and resupplied by air with drugs, was a system of triage that varied depending on which company had responsibility for the patients.

Against this background, it would later be alleged, key Tenet personnel discussed, and then carried out, euthanasia on the terminally ill patients even as relief was imminent.

Fink is in no doubt that some kind of crime took place even if she is fair and deeply sympathetic to the plight of the exhausted medical staff involved. "Moral clarity," she writes, describing the moment the patients were injected with a powerful cocktail of drugs, "was easier to maintain in concept than in execution."

If the beginning of the book is sometimes awkwardly structured, Fink finds her stride a few chapters in and make this a tight, provocative and gripping read.
 
Five Days at Memorial is thorough reporting about what happened at New Orleans’ Memorial Medical Center during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Sheri Fink, who is both a journalist and a Ph.D. neuroscientist, won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for the 2009 New York Times/Pro Publica article “Deadly Choices at Memorial,” which became the basis for this book. ... Fink’s journalism chops show, particularly in her attention to detail and her unwillingness to paint anyone as a villain. Some readers may feel that she’s not tough enough on Dr. Pou, but what Fink has really accomplished here is putting the reader on the spot, with one crisis after another and no real hope of rescue.
afegit per KelMunger | editaLit/Rant, Kel Munger (Oct 19, 2013)
 
In her book “Five Days at Memorial,” Dr. Sheri Fink explores the excruciating struggle of medical professionals deciding to give fatal injections to those at the brink of death. Dr. Fink, a physician turned journalist, won a Pulitzer Prize for her investigation of these events in a 2009 joint assignment for ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine. This book is much more than an extension of that report. Although she had the material for a gripping disaster story, Dr. Fink has slowed the narrative pulse to investigate situational ethics: what happens when caregivers steeped in medicine’s supreme value, preserving life, face traumatic choices as the standards of civilization collapse.
 

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(Prologue) At last through the broken windows, the pulse of helicopter rotors and airboat propellers set the summer morning air throbbing with the promise of rescue.
For certain New Orleanians, Memorial Medical Center was the place you went to ride out each hurricane that the loop current of the Gulf of Mexico launched like a pinball at the city.
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Emergencies are crucibles that contain and reveal the daily, slower-burning problems of medicine and beyond—our vulnerabilities; our trouble grappling with uncertainty, how we die, how we prioritize and divide what is most precious and vital and limited; even our biases and blindnesses.
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Sociology. True Crime. Nonfiction. HTML:

The award-winning book that inspired an Apple Original series from Apple TV+ ? 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.
One of The New York Times' Best Ten Books of the Y

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