In the spirit of Oliver Sacks Awakenings and the TV series House, Dr. Eric Manheimer's Twelve Patients is a memoir from the medical director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of 12 very different patients - from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons - to illustrate larger societal issues.
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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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
The knowledge and attention to detail
His voice changes when needed, in some other chapters it seem still painful for him to re-live the past.
Life at Bellevue
Great to listen, a sad reflection of our society