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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (Feb. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671685384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671685386
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,927,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A powerful, true story of life and death in a major metropolitan hospital...Harrowing... An important book."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
What is life worth? And what is a life worth living? At a time when America faces vital choices about the future of its health care, former NEW YORK TIMES correspondent Lisa Belkin takes a powerful and poignant look at the inner workings of Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, telling the remarkable, real-life stories of the doctors, patients, families, and hospital administrators who must ask--and ultimately answer--the most profound and heart-rendng questions about life and death. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Editor Lisa Belkin is a reporter for "The New York Times" and author of that newspaper's "Life's Work" column. She is the author of "Life's Work: Confessions of an Unbalanced Mom", "First, Do No Harm", and "Show Me a Hero". Belkin lives with her family in Westchester County, New York. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is a book that you just can't put away, until you have finished it. It grabbed my attention 100% of the time.

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Haven't read it yet but am told it is an humbling and uplifting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Power Writing, Power Reporting, Power Insights 25 Nov. 2011
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Sure there is plenty of powerful content to praise, but first I want to celebrate author Lisa Belkin's fabulous writing style. She sure knows how to tell a gripping and compelling story. In the tradition of nonfiction writers who write like novelists such as Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air) and Mark Bowden (Black Hawk Down) Belkin fuses top-notch reporting with authentic protagonist voices, brilliant insights, and the ability to surface root causes, map out trends, and distill the core philosophical issues at stake.

Belkin applies these gifts to telling the story of the most wrenching life and death ethical dilemmas staff, doctors, nurses, and family members face at Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. Amazing advances in medical technology have forced all of us to confront questions never before encountered: when do we stop trying to keep someone alive? what is the definition of quality of life? who gets to decide -- the doctors or the family members? what is the difference between the law, ethics, and morals? how to best live with the decision once it's made?

It takes courage to delve into these questions and to bear the responsibility for them as the ethics committee does at Hermann. It also took a great amount of bravery to offer journalist Belkin unrestricted access to the inner workings of the hospital and the committee. The result is a significantly important book that contributes in vital ways to the ongoing conversations we need to be having in society and among our families as technology puts us more in the position of having to make god-like decisions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend it 13 July 2016
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As a nurse these are issues we deal with all the time and then ask if we helped patients and their family's make the right decision. This certainly showed the ramifications of those decisions. WOW very thought provoking. Should be required reading for all med students and nurses. Highly recommend it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read This PRIOR to Commenting on the Health Care Insurance Debate 29 Aug. 2009
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First, Do No Harm. Here we are, in August 2009, with a very heated battle going on in regards to the health insurance battle. People are worried about death panels, Nazi health care (we will be treating Nazis?), and a number of hysterical assumptions. Guess what! Death panels have existed under other names, or perhaps no names at all. Some hospitals call them Ethics Committees, when they are named. But if you are ever involved with the long-term care of someone who is critically ill, a birth defect, or a severe car accident, YOU become part of a death panel, like it or not. Through describing the life & death situations of a variety of patients, author Lisa Belkin educates us in an area a lot of what we don't want to admit to: we will all die, and someone other than ourselves could be making that decision as to when.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding "The System" 14 Dec. 2008
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I highly recommend this book. It is a difficult book to put down. Written with amazing and factual insight into the decisions made every day at hospitals. It is an intellectual must read for people who believe there are "cut and dried" answers for patients. Lisa skillfully cut from one patient to the next, keeping you on the edge of your seat as she masterfully tells the story of each patient for whom ethical decisions had to be made. It may be eyeopening for some people to realize that when you or your loved one is hospitalized, all bets are off as to life and death decisions. You may find yourself at the mercy of the hospital ethics commitee. Welcome to the world of modern medical science.
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 17 July 2012
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I am still reading this book and am thoroughly enjoying it. I am learning about the hospital environment and difficult decisions that are made every day about health care in this country. So far in the book, the backdrop is the highly regarded medical community of Houston, TX, and the history and case examples are so interesting. Whether you know someone in the medical profession, are in the medical profession yourself, or have just spent time in a hospital, this book should appeal to you.
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