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Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 15, 2008
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Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The fine grain of Ms Salamons observations allows her to paint a compelling and damningportrait of a dysfunctional health-care system Its careful documentation of financial crises, feuds, personality clashes and, most of all, life-and-death drama it feeds the same appetite for pathos, intrigue, tragedy and redemption as the current plethora of medical programs.
Ive never had much interest in hospitals (or been able to sit through an episode of ER), but as Salamon expertly sucked me into the saga of Maimonides, I realized this was about more than white coats, scalpels and beeping consoles. This place was 21st century America in a microcosm.
Laura Miller, Salon (lead review)
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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.
Salamon, who spent a year roaming both the corporate offices and the patient floors of Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, nails it. In some ways, this place could only happen in New York, but in others, it is just like every other hospital in America. Salamon, a keen observer and writer, tells the story of Maimonides through the eyes of an unforgettable cast of characters. If you want to know what our crazy health care system means for those in the trenches, including the patients, read Hospital.
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