Five Days at Memorial (Sheri Fink)

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ISBN: 9780307718969
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Published: Crown - September 10th, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winner Sheri Fink’s latest is a dark journey through an imperiled New Orleans hospital in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. For five days after the storm, doctors, nurses and patients were marooned at inundated Memorial Hospital and forced to survive as best they could without water, power and adequate medical supplies. When rescue services finally arrived, almost two dozen patients were dead, and it soon became apparent that many had been euthanized by their caregivers. But was it murder or mercy? And who, ultimately, is to blame? A haunting examination of bureaucratic breakdown and how fragile our ethics and values can become in the face of disaster, FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL portrays humanity at its worst and asks how we can be better--and more prepared--next time.

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