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Five Days at Memorial

Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

by Sheri Fink

Hardcover, 272 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $27 |


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Book Summary

A Pulitzer Prize-winning doctor, reporter and author of War Hospital reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its generators. She reveals how caregivers were forced to make life-and-death decisions without essential resources, an experience that raised key issues about practitioner responsibilities and end-of-life care.

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Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina fill the streets near downtown New Orleans on Aug. 30, 2005. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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An aerial view of Memorial Medical Center surrounded by floodwaters on Sept. 9, 2005. Kathy Anderson/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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An airboat pulls up to the Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2005. AP hide caption

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