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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2012 Eric Manheimer (P)2012 Hachette
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lynne on 08-06-12

Awesome Book

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.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Sergio on 07-24-12

Nice Listen

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

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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