Extended Audio Sample

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

Extended Audio Sample Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God, and Diversity on Steroids Audiobook, by Julie Salamon Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (356 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Salamon Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9781400177240
Regular Price: $21.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

In 2005 Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, unveiled a new state-of-the-art, multimillion-dollar cancer center. Determined to understand the whole spectrum of factors that determine what kind of medical care people receive in this country, bestselling author Julie Salamon spent one year tracking the progess of the center and getting to know the characters who make the hospital run. Located in a community where sixty-seven different languages are spoken, Maimonides is a case study for the particular kinds of concerns that arise in institutions that serve an increasingly multicultural American demographic. Granted astonishing access by the hospital higher-ups, Salamon followed the doctors, patients, administrators, nurses, ambulance drivers, cooks, and cleaning staff. She explored not just the action on the ground but also the financial, ethical, technological, socioloical, and cultural matters that the hospital commuity encounters every day.

Drawing on her skills as interviewer, observer, and social critic, Salamon presents the story of modern medicine. She draws out the internal and external political machinations that exist between doctors and staff as well as between hospital and community. And she grounds the science and emotion of medical drama in the financial realities of operating a huge, private institution that must contend with such issues as adapting to the specific needs of immigrant groups that make up a large and growing portion of our society.

Salamon exposes struggles both profound and humdrum: bitter internal feuds, warm personal connections, comedy, egoism, greed, love, and loss; rabbinic edicts to contend with, as well as imams, herbalists, and local politicians; system foul-ups, shortages of everything except forms to fill out, recalcitrant and greedy insurance reimbursement systems, and the surprising difficulty of getting doctors to wash their hands. This is the dynamic universe of small and large concerns and personalities that, taken together, determine the nature of our care.

Download and start listening now!

bdu7

Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “A first-rate book …Reads like a novel, elicits equal parts dismay and awe, yet never wavers from truth telling.”

    Newsday

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JulieK | 2/13/2014

    " I was hoping this was going to be like "Museum," giving an overview of the functioning of this institution from top to bottom. However, the author instead focused on the hospital's senior management and their feuds and internal politics. I kept waiting for her to move on and start looking at the institution more as a whole, but about halfway through determined that she just wasn't going to, and I didn't care enough about which administrator was mad at another one to finish the book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 D'Anne | 2/7/2014

    " I got about half way through this and I found it really boring. If you're getting a degree in hospital administration, you might dig this. But if you're hoping for something with a little more depth into the lower rungs of an actual U.S. hospital, skip this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/2/2014

    " This is normally just the kind of nonfiction that I love: based on immersion reporting from a familiar but not well understood setting. But Salamon's portrait of a year in the life of a Brooklyn hospital is mostly just chaotic--it was difficult to keep track of all the characters, the hospital departments, and even the basic chronology of events. I was willing to give the author some benefit of the doubt, since chaos is an integral part of her story, but I thought some judicious editing could have taken off some of the rough edges. Still, there were some memorable characters (Pam Brier, Alan Astrow), and it's always helpful to be reminded of the essential humanity of high-flying medical personnel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kate | 1/31/2014

    " I'm very much a biased reader, but I have to ask where are the nurses? It really should have been called Hospital Administration. The author says she spent a year observing the workings at Maimonides but not once does she talk about the employees that are the backbone of any hospital. Ignore me while I rant but, every other person quoted in the book gets named and even most get a few glib sentences about their background, appearance or character. The nurses are called just that, "said by a nurse." She gives one nurse a name. As a nurse working in a hospital I have to ask, are we part of the furniture? It calls the whole book into question because either she followed exactly what the administration wanted, and is therefore not unbiased, ignored nurses on purpose, but then needs to give a damn good reason as to why, or didn't notice the importance of the nursing staff, and is therefore an idiot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/20/2014

    " A year in the life of a New York hospital. It's a little hard to keep track of all the characters, but it's definately an interesting read. It's also a good commentary on the problems facing healthcare today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 1/19/2014

    " Enjoyed the beginning, especially coming from my own bureaucratic hospital administration experience... but thought the second half was kind of weak in terms of writing and point. I would recommend it to anyone who has friends/family in hospital admin so they know what we deal with! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 1/19/2014

    " Very familiar territory. I liked it. I am glad that I listened to it. It was not just interesting viewing the author's perception of hospital culture, but it was interesting to read about the culture of the ethnic community where the hospital is located in NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/8/2014

    " I'm not done with this non-fiction book yet, but it is intriguing and well-written by the well-known journalist Julie Salamon. Comparing Mamoinides to life at St. Vincent's is a trip, and it was a real bargain on remainder at the CCC bookstore for only 4.95 (originally in hardback) for $25.95! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 1/7/2014

    " A fascinating account of life at Maimonides Medical Center in New York. Combines personal stories of staff and patients with an alarming picture of the problems of the US health care system. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 12/28/2013

    " Eh...wasn't that great. Went to a seminar featuring this book and Julie Salamon was wonderful to listen to, but it was hard to finish this book. It was kind of all over the place. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 12/22/2013

    " A very slow read, emphasis on the red tape, not much emphasis on the patient side of things. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelsa | 12/2/2013

    " This book had an very interesting subject and had some interesting stories, however the writing was chaotic and felt like a scattered catalog of events and people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mallory | 11/20/2013

    " This is a fascinating book for anyone who works in a health care/hospital setting. Probably not fascinating if you don't, but still very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 11/19/2013

    " It took me a while to get into the book, but it got better as the book progressed. I liked reading a journalist's take on a hospital (as opposed to someone who works in health care). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Kathryn | 9/22/2013

    " The writer spent one year observing and interviewing and it shows. The prose is easy to read and the story very interesting. But be warned, this truly is about the hospital, not the medicine nor the patients: its facilities, politics, business and bureaucracies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 8/2/2013

    " I usually like any book about medicine, doctors/nurses, hospitals, but this one bored me to tears. I couldn't even finish it. This was about administrative politics instead of true medicine. Highly unenjoyable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 6/26/2013

    " I gave up on this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 5/25/2013

    " I made it about 1/3 of the way through before giving up. It just wasn't the book I thought it would be. To much about the minutia of running a hospital. Good writer though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/15/2013

    " While this book was interesting, I had hoped for more about individual cases, incidents, and the doctors and nurses rather than the focus on hospital administration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexc Comer | 5/7/2012

    " Boring at times (when it goes on about hosital administration), but also really engrosing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuuli | 5/7/2012

    " Pretty interesting, but such a slog to get through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/24/2012

    " More about admin than I'd hoped. Really a book of sociology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judi | 2/22/2012

    " I was mesmerized by this fascinating book about lives in a large multi cultural hospital setting. Salamon is a wonderful story teller, expecially when the story is non fiction.There were lessons here that are easily translated to the larger world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/10/2011

    " Another hospital read - about the daily drama, and the passages of life, in a busy hospital "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 10/20/2010

    " Very familiar territory. I liked it. I am glad that I listened to it. It was not just interesting viewing the author's perception of hospital culture, but it was interesting to read about the culture of the ethnic community where the hospital is located in NYC. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dancerhjr | 7/9/2010

    " Interesting perspective on the political climate in a hospital. Probably more intersting for those who haven't been 'underground'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 5/10/2010

    " too much focus on funding and obscure feuds between administrators. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tuuli | 4/23/2010

    " Pretty interesting, but such a slog to get through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 2/1/2010

    " I usually like any book about medicine, doctors/nurses, hospitals, but this one bored me to tears. I couldn't even finish it. This was about administrative politics instead of true medicine. Highly unenjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 12/16/2009

    " I made it about 1/3 of the way through before giving up. It just wasn't the book I thought it would be. To much about the minutia of running a hospital. Good writer though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/16/2009

    " I'm not done with this non-fiction book yet, but it is intriguing and well-written by the well-known journalist Julie Salamon. Comparing Mamoinides to life at St. Vincent's is a trip, and it was a real bargain on remainder at the CCC bookstore for only 4.95 (originally in hardback) for $25.95! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 9/24/2009

    " Eh...wasn't that great. Went to a seminar featuring this book and Julie Salamon was wonderful to listen to, but it was hard to finish this book. It was kind of all over the place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/6/2009

    " Interesting perspective on an NYC hospital from a mostly adminsitrative perspective. Not as cohesive as I would have liked, more a series of vignettes than a true narrative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 7/4/2009

    " Yes, it really is that good! If you have any interest in hospitals, I think you'll love it also. If, like me, your interest in hospitals is minimal, I still think you'll like it. I loved it!! "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author

Julie Salamon is the author of several award-winning books for adults, including Wendy and the Lost Boys, as well as a novel for children, Cat in the City. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and more.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.