- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (July 2, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1455503878
- ISBN-13: 978-1455503872
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 97 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (The Inspiration for the NBC Drama New Amsterdam) Paperback – July 2, 2013
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About the Author
Eric Manheimer, M.D. was the Medical Director at Bellevue for over thirteen years and is a Clinical Professor at the New York University School of Medicine. He is an Internist who trained at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in Internal Medicine. Following his Chief Residency there, he moved to Hanover, New Hampshire where he was a member of Dartmouth Medical School and the Hitchcock Clinic for many years.
He has had a long interest in international health working in Haiti and Pakistan and in medical anthropology, history, the social sciences and literature particularly of Latin America. Along with his wife Diana Taylor, who is a University Professor at New York University, Eric travels extensively in Latin America and Mexico. He has two children and one grandchild, who was born at Bellevue.
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I bought this book and took it on a weekend get-away with my family----what a mistake!!!!!! I had to fight my family off from taking this book from me----they too were wholly engrossed in the contents having "lived" Bellevue through me during my tenure there. Subsequently we have bought many more copies. As some who reads 2-3 novels a week, I give this book a 10/10!
David Seubert, MD
Twelve Patients: Life and Deat at Bellevue Hospital is much more of a good read, that I initially was willing to give it credit for. The excellent author, Mr. Eric Manheimer, takes the reader on a tour, that otherwise would be hard to take. His knowledge, research, case files, and so many things more, gives this book a quality of reading well worth pursuing. Everyone knows that many end up in a hospital as they are knocking on heaven's door, and sometimes when one is roaming around the wings, and takes a look inside the rooms, never fails to be seen a person covered with all manners of medical equipment, and perhaps a visitor(s) that faithfully keeps watch over their loved one.
This book has so many angles, but all of them, are as the title suggests, life at Bellevue Hospital, which in a way is quite a legend where hospitals are concerned. Heavy subject, written in a light manner, makes this book one to read and share. 4.5 Stars.
In what amounts to a series of harrowing and inspiring case studies, he portrays the capacity of this system to meet the physical and emotional needs of those most in need of its powers. Skillfully using dialogue with his patients, colleagues, and family to explicate the stories he has to tell, Manheimer avoids the trap of jargon and stilted description bringing the cases to life through his own humanity and turning what might be cardboard stereotypes into people the reader cares about caught in situations that become real and compelling. Beneath each story lies the reality of grindingly difficult living conditions experienced by many who have suffered to get to the United States only to find themselves confronted by many of the same criminal elements they encountered at home, a system fragmenting to a halt under its own weight, and a country deeply divided about what to do with both criminals and immigrants. Early in the book, Manheimer comments, “PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) was made an official disease in 1980. That is 2700 years after Homer described the effects of war on warriors in his majestic Iliad.” Read the remainder of this review on my blog. If you decide to purchase it, please use the Amazon portal you find there or go to your local independent bookstore.