Book about hospital during katrina

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

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.

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 in America 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.
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Eight years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Floodwaters rose in the Uptown streets surrounding Memorial Medical Center, where hundreds of people slowly realized that they were stranded.
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The tragedy that played out at New Orleans' Memorial Medical Center in the wake of Hurricane Katrina appears to be headed for the big screen. Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin -- fresh off the launch of his latest ripped-from-the-headlines drama, " Captain Phillips " -- has picked up the rights to the recently published expose "Five Days at Memorial," Deadline is reporting. Released just last month, "Five Days at Memorial" -- subtitled "Life and Death at a Storm-Ravaged Hospital" -- was written by physician and Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink and recounts the life-and-death decisions made by Memorial doctors after the storm. Some 45 patients died in the hospital when Hurricane Katrina inundated the city and left the hospital without power. A state investigation determined that 23 of the people who perished at the hospital in the storm's aftermath had elevated levels of morphine and other drugs in their systems, leading to claims that some of those patients were the subjects of "mercy killings" by hospital doctors.

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