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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:
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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.

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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.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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