Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death at a Storm-ravaged Hospital Paperback – 6 Feb 2014
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Extraordinary... A profound and unforgettable piece of journalism --Sunday Times
Gripping... an illuminating investigation into the chaos that consumed a hospital during Hurricane Katrina... It reminds an international audience that literature can soar to artistic and intellectual heights undreamed of in other realms of media. --Independent
[A] superb and remarkable book... Gripping --Mail on Sunday
A tight, provocative and gripping read --Observer
An impressive and important book --Spectator
Riveting --Financial Times
Masterfully and compassionately reported and as gripping as a thriller, the book poses reverberating questions about end-of-life care, race discrimination in medicine and how individuals and institutions break down during disasters. --New York Times
In this astonishing blend of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalism and breathtaking narration, [Fink] chronicles the chaotic evacuation of the hospital and the agonizing ethical, physical and emotional quandaries facing Memorial nurses and doctors --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Fink offers a stunning re-creation of the storm, its aftermath, and the investigation that followed... Both a breathtaking read and an essential book for understanding how people behave in times of crisis --Booklist, Starred Review
Fink draws those few days in the hospital's life with a fine, lively pen, providing stunningly framed vignettes of activities in the hospital and sharp pocket profiles of many of the characters --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
About the Author
Sheri Fink's reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. Fink, a former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, received her MD and PhD from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital, is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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The story is split in two parts; the first explaining what was happening in the hospital during the hurricane while in second is described legal process that was held several years after these incidents happened. The main book character is Dr. Anna Pou, who worked back then in the hospital and was subsequently arrested. The author is telling her story based on views of many people who were part of the incident and although this was a complex story she done good work combining all those views into an overwhelming story that is easy to follow.
It's evident how well researched this book was and the author managed to, in an impressive way, speak about the moral dilemmas that are almost essential part of such human tragedies. It's almost inconceivable how much all human technology and the progress we have made in thousands of years had crumbled to pieces after this tragedy occurred, how miserable was the planning before and reactions were after the tragedy happened. Some things are almost bizarre, like the issue that all water, food and energy supplies were located below the sea level, in the city for which it's known under which kind of flooding threat is constantly exposed, making them instantly unusable after the disaster occurred. Or lack of any evacuation plan for patients who were in the hospitals resulting in complete chaos due to the lack of priorities which patients should be given the fastest save based on disease severity.Read more ›
I have thought long and hard about this and I seriously believe, that in this world of severe weather issues, infectious epidemics and terrorism all over the world, we the healthcare providers must have urgent dialogue about the final triage. Don't leave it to the desperate people left on site to make these decisions.
God Bless the patients and staff involved. God help those people at the corporation who failed to act!!
The reader is left to come to his or her own conclusions.
Who knows how we would act under such stress? One would like to think that one would act with more compassion, who knows?
This is a horrifying account - how often is this scenario acted out in our hospitals, when there is no hurricane?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received [Five Days At Memorial] by [Sheri Fink] free in exchange for an honest review.
[Five Days at Memorial] is a comprehensive account of the tragedy that happened... Read more
Great book. Really made me think. It not only told the story of the five days following the hurricane, but took you through the disaster with the doctors and patients. Read morePublished 20 months ago by dorothy
Five Days at Memorial takes us back to the devastation brought upon New Orleans in August 2005. The action takes place inside Memorial Hospital as a team of unprepared doctors and... Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2014 by molko
Well worth the money, I found it hard to put this book down - and awful to think that it is true.Published on 12 July 2014 by Jenny K
FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL is the story of the Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The author is Sheri Fink
Eight years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Read more
Fascinating and frightening disaster.
shows that difficult decisions need to be planned for.
Insight into a different health and legal system