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

     by Fink, Sheri

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

Reporter Sheri Fink gives a spellbinding account of what happened at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina in 2005. As the hurricane battered New Orleans and the floodwaters rose, power was lost and conditions in the hospital deteriorated from chaotic to horrific. The exhausted staff fought valiantly over the course of 5 days to care for the patients but even when help finally started to come, they were faced with the dilemma of who should be rescued, as there were not enough resources to help everyone and many patients were too ill to be moved. After the storm, allegations were made that certain doctors and nurses resorted to injecting some severely ill patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. 

Through meticulous research and numerous interviews, the author chronicles the events of each day during the hurricane and the repercussions that followed when questions were raised concerning what actually happened to the patients who died in the hospital. Fink also questions the emergency preparedness of our nation's hospitals and communities which often have no plans for major large- scale disasters like Katrina. To sum up, Fink provides for an engrossing and thought-provoking read.

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