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A Novel Catastrophe: 5 Days at Memorial, Sheri Fink

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Join the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management staff for our lively bi-monthly book discussion. This month we will discuss 5 Days At Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sherri Fink.

Five Days at Memorial: Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink's landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina - and her suspenseful protrayal of the quest for truth and justice.

In 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, exhuasted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professioanls 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 oncce involving and fair, materful 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-scaled disaster- 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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