Twelve Patients

  • by Eric Manheimer
  • Narrated by Eric Manheimer
  • 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Lynne

Allowed me to brush up on my Spanish

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I bought this audible book because of the high reviews. I expected to learn something about medicine/bellevue.Those subjects were somewhat discussed (unbelievably in English) but the rest of the book might as well have been in Spanish because that's all I heard as the author speaks back and forth to his paitents - in my foreign tongue. Nice - but for some reason it drove me CRAZY or LOCA depending on how you look at it. He also explains his and other's Latino culture - IN DETAIL.....until I went completly LOCA and - ELIMINADA DEL LIBRO!!!!!! (for our English readers) means DELETED THE BOOK!!!! This book might be fine and a very good listen for others. It just hit me the wrong way. Sorry

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Eric Manheimer?

i dont know - eric manheimer was dry but did have some care in his voice

Any additional comments?

must have latino background to understand

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- Gdkeyes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2012
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio