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Manheimer is not only the medical director of the country's oldest public hospital, but he is also a patient. As the audiobook unfolds, he is diagnosed with cancer and is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life - even as he struggles to save the lives of others.
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By Lynne on 08-06-12
Eric Manheimer did an awesome job of not only writing the book but also narrating it. I have been involved in Hospital healthcare for over 30 years and understand his joys and his frustrations.
Eric was able to tell his story and the story of his patients in such a way that it made you feel like you were right there at the bedside with him. When describing patient's conditions and procedures, he did it in a way that the lay person could understand exactly what he was talking about, yet he didn't "dumb it down" so much that the professional was bored. Each patient was a story by itself, which kept the book interesting. Also, by describing his life at Bellevue, he was able to show the decline in Healthcare in the US over the past 30 years without being preachy about it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading non-fiction true life medical stories.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Sergio on 07-24-12
Where does Twelve Patients rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It is very different to the rest of the ancient historic books that I normally read, but this was very interesting and eye opening to the daily reality of managing a Hospital
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
The knowledge and attention to detail
What does Eric Manheimer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His voice changes when needed, in some other chapters it seem still painful for him to re-live the past.
If you could give Twelve Patients a new subtitle, what would it be?
Life at Bellevue
Any additional comments?
Great to listen, a sad reflection of our society
5 of 5 people found this review helpful