Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids

Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids

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by Julie Salamon, Karen White
     
 

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Most people agree that there are complicated issues at play in the delivery of health care today, but those issues may not always be what we think they are. Bestselling author Julie Salamon enlightens us with a thorough, year-long study of a Brooklyn medical center.See more details below

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Most people agree that there are complicated issues at play in the delivery of health care today, but those issues may not always be what we think they are. Bestselling author Julie Salamon enlightens us with a thorough, year-long study of a Brooklyn medical center.

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"A completely unique, three-dimensional and compellingly human perspective." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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A portrait of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., that, like the hospital's own emergency room, is overflowing and overextended. Salamon (Rambam's Ladder: A Meditation on Generosity and Why It Is Necessary to Give, 2003, etc.) was permitted to roam Maimonides from waiting room to executive office in 2005 and 2006. Armed with a tape recorder and notebook, she talked to the chairman of the board, doctors, nurses, social workers, patients and members of the community involved in the hospital's affairs. Woven into her wide-ranging account of the financial, ethical, scientific and sociological factors that shape a big metropolitan hospital's operations are dozens of revealing profiles (most notably of president and CEO Pam Brier); her front-of-the-book cast of characters lists nearly 70 names. Salamon calls Maimonides "a petri dish of the post 9/11 world," an apt description for a hospital founded to serve a community of Orthodox Jews in a neighborhood rapidly filling with immigrants from all over the world. Cultural conflicts are ever-present, as are those caused by human ego and ambition. The author recounts racial and religious prejudices that affect patient care, personality clashes and turf wars between doctors. Patients come and go, live or die, and fights with insurance companies are won or lost. Adding color but cluttering up her canvas are myriad irrelevant details from the administrative and professional staff's lives and social and professional relationships. Readers learn not only who said what to whom at a staff meeting, but who wore what to whose funeral. Excerpts from the author's daily log also pad this meandering account. However, some frank and chatty e-mails from anew emergency-room resident, a Midwesterner trying to adjust to the big-city life and work in a huge urban hospital, provide a welcome additional perspective. Ambitious, unwieldy and unfocused.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400157242
Publisher:
Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Edition description:
MP3 - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

"Salamon goes beyond the sharp conflicts of ego, culture, and competition in a hospital and finds a community still rooted in compassion and caring. A unique and revealing book that captures the tensions and triumphs of today's medicine."
—Dr. Jerome Groopman, author of How Doctors Think

"Julie Salamon is simply one of our best writers. Her keen reportorial eye, her vivid and assured prose, and most of all, the tremendous compassion she shows for the people in her story, are on full display in Hospital. Here is an institution at the crossroads of humanity, into which Salomon inserted herself for a full year, capturing personal details of remarkable intimacy as well as the sweep of a great story."
—James B. Stewart, author of Den of Thieves

"There's 'ER,' there's 'Grey's Anatomy,' and then there's this real, true-life drama of the barely controllable chaos that actually rules in a huge metropolitan hospital, by one of America's best fly-on-the-wall reporters, Julie Salamon."
—Tom Wolfe, author of I Am Charlotte Simmons

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