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Publisher Description

The inspiration for the NBC drama New Amsterdam and in the spirit of Oliver Sacks, this intensely involving memoir from a former medical director is a "humanitarian and heartbreaking tapestry where modern medicine confronts the atrocities of life" (Kirkus Reviews).
Using the plights of twelve very different patients--from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners at Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons--Dr. Eric Manheimer "offers far more than remarkable medical dramas: he blends each patient's personal experiences with their social implications" (Publishers Weekly).
Manheimer was not only the medical director of the country's oldest public hospital for over 13 years, but he was also a patient. As the book unfolds, the narrator is diagnosed with cancer, and he is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life even as he struggles to save the lives of others.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2012
July 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
272
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grand Central Publishing
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
1.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Josey86 ,

Great Book that lead to a great show.

This book is absolutely amazing. I can see how it inspired New Amsterdam and why some amazing people wanted to turn it into a TV show. There are a lot of very important things in this book that we all need to hear in America. This is a brilliant look into the American health care system, how we’re all interconnected, reminders to keep a hold of our humanity, and the important message that children/the poor/immigrants/prisoners/doctors and nurses are people, too.

rls305 ,

Great book

I would recommend this book to anyone.