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Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids Paperback – April 28, 2009
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-Dan Cryer, Newsday
" Immensely heartening. . . . If there's hope for our overburdened health care system, Hospital suggests we can thank the decent, thoughtful men and women laboring overtime to improve the quality of life-and death-in our gloriously lumpy American melting pot."
-O, The Oprah Magazine
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Seriously though, Ms. Salamon has has manged somehow to give an overview of Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn that is both accurate and wonderfully descriptive. She has succesfully captured the flavour of Brooklyn and Maimonides in an entertaining yet authentic way.
This is not one of those PR stunts to try make Maimonides famous and rich, rather it is a soul searching account of the most horrendous and uplifting experiences that go hand in hand when an urban hospital meets multiple cultures.
At the end of the day it is a book about human emotions and human deficiencies.
Ego and humility, arrogance and compassion mixed with a healthy dose of back stabbing and genuine love for humanity.
But General Hospital melodrama the book is not. What I found instead was an illuminating portrayal of our broken health care system, without the gross oversimplification that presidential political campaigns are apt to use in endless sound bytes.
Salamon's prose is at its best when she documents the experience of Maimonides cancer patients--real people in pain, often lacking insurance and citizenship, praying for miracles and avoiding the awful truth as best they can. Salamon thankfully avoids turning these tragic stories into overwrought narrative thread. Her voice is simple and frank, and therefore irresistible. A powerful work.
I began to glance through it and I was compelled to cancel my appointments and read it completely. Wow, the memories came flooding back to me.
In the early and mid eighties, we spent a great deal of time interacting with a group of people who were foreign to me in both physical and spiritual identity. The Orthodox Jewish community provides an integral part of her story and it is fascinating.
Like the author, I am from Ohio. But, unlike Ms Salamon, I had no idea who Maimonides was and why would he have a hospital in Brooklyn named for him? It was a life-altering experience for me to learn the differences between various New York cultures and and this is the insight Ms Salamon provides throughout this book.
The reader becomes enthralled with the personalities of the physicians, administrators and staff and Ms Salamon is concise and accurate in recalling events that establish their identities. However, it is the wrenching descriptions of actual procedures as well as the reactions of young and terminally ill patients that keeps this book from becoming another hospital tell-all.
I am very impressed with this book and I greatly anticipate reading her earlier books and essays.
If you've ever been to a hospital, it would be worth your time to read Hospital.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thought it would be about healthcare and medicine. More about people. Lost interest.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was excited to read this book as I am in the healthcare field and love reading non-fiction books about medical anything. This book was so not what I expected, it was SO boring! Read morePublished 12 months ago by MegBrooklyn
Much in the book was interesting to me, as a bioethicist. Other aspects were a bit on the tedious and managerial side - for those who are hospital managers, though, these might... Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Dr. R.P. Forsberg
When I first read this, in 2008, it seemed to me an engrossing report of a year at a big city American hospital, focussing on the conflicting pressures and interests within it. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Anne Mills
The book is full of random details that dont add up to a coherent picture of the hospital or of healthcare. Very disappointingPublished on October 2, 2013 by nyMom
A well researched book and definitely an eyeopener. Quite a detailed description of the "big business" world of hospitals. A good read.Published on September 25, 2012 by Max
To me Hospital is a good book. It's not what I normally read. I do like medical related books, however this was not really about medicine hardly at all. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Scuba Steve
I'm reading and enjoying this marvelous book. I will have more to say about it later, perhaps, but for now, let me ask this:
Patients of every ethnic group get whatever... Read more