Customer Reviews for

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

Average Rating 4
( 52 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(29)

4 Star

(13)

3 Star

(4)

2 Star

(4)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

Most Helpful Favorable Review

18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

This book lives up to the hype it's getting. I received an adva

This book lives up to the hype it's getting. I received an advance copy of this and found it fascinating reading. I remember hearing about this hospital and the people trapped there in the New Orleans flooding after Katrina, but Sherry Fink's description of the conditi...
This book lives up to the hype it's getting. I received an advance copy of this and found it fascinating reading. I remember hearing about this hospital and the people trapped there in the New Orleans flooding after Katrina, but Sherry Fink's description of the conditions in the hospital really brings home to me how awful it must have been. The author apparently researched the subject intensively and provides details about the hospital and the people who spent 5 days in the hospital during and after Katrina. She draws no conclusions about what happened, just presents the facts and lets the reader decide for him or her self.
The book lived up to my expectations in that it was well written and almost read like a novel. Even though I knew what had happened at Memorial Hospital after the storm, I found the book compelling reading. She fleshes out the personnel so the reader gets to know the doctors, nurses and patients.
The only objection I had to the book was the amount of time the author spent on the history of euthansia and the debates about it in the past. It was near the end of the book, and I really just skimmed those few pages. Otherwise it is a great read, and thought provoking as well. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in Katrina, disaster medicine and medical ethics.

posted by MdExTx on September 10, 2013

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review

Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Boo

Well, thanks to the two plot spoiling reviews, especially the one revealling the ending, there is no need to buy the book. Thanks for saving me money. Oh, bn, when are you ever going to do something to these plot spoilers? Dont you realize how much money they are costin...
Well, thanks to the two plot spoiling reviews, especially the one revealling the ending, there is no need to buy the book. Thanks for saving me money. Oh, bn, when are you ever going to do something to these plot spoilers? Dont you realize how much money they are costing you in lost sales by their constant revealing of plots?

posted by 8888649 on September 11, 2013

Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 4 review with 2 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Pretty disappointing

    I was intrigued by thestory itself which is what led me to purchase this book.I am a medical person and was curious to see how everything played itself out in this type of circumstance. Besides the constant repetition I still found myself looking for more info as to what led to the decisions made. That never happened. I found the writing itself to be rather poor and lacking a good flow. It felt like someone had written pages and pages of notes, threw them up in the air and however they were picked up was how the pages were placed. Sorry to go on, but I hardly ever write reviews and am just trying to save you some money. Try Wikipedia. You'll get the answers you want much quicker.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Too administrative

    As a former resident of New Orleans, I was hoping for more detail about the city and the storm. What I got instead, was, a detailed account of all the administrative blunders at Memorial Hospital. This book has a lot of names and characters to keep up with, and almost all of them are administrators at the hospital. I would rather have read about the patients and their lives instead. if you are a hospital administrator, this is probably a great read. For the rest of us, not so much.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 18, 2014

    A bit tedious to read

    I was interested in the subject and looked forward to reading about this tragedy during Hurricane Katrina. However, I felt the subject was overly detailed and would have benefited from some editing.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 review with 2 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1