First, Do No Harm: The Dramatic Story of Real Doctors and Patients Making Impossible Choices at a Big-City Hospital
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"A powerful, true story of life and death in a major metropolitan hospitalHarrowing An important book."THE NEW YORK TIMESWhat is life worth? And what is a life worth living? At a time when America faces vital choices about the future of its health care, former NEW YORK TIMES correspondent Lisa Belkin takes a powerful and poignant look at the inner workings of Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas, telling the remarkable, real-life stories of the doctors, patients, families, and hospital administrators who must ask--and ultimately answer--the most profound and heart-rendng questions about life and death.
. From Publishers Weekly In novelistic detail, Belkin examines the cases of several patients in a Houston hospital and the ethical considerations of their doctors. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc
"Highly recommend it" according to Denise Maxwell. As a nurse these are issues we deal with all the time and then ask if we helped patients and their family's make the right decision. This certainly showed the ramifications of those decisions. WOW very thought provoking. Should be required reading for all med students and nurses. Highly recommend it. "Read This PRIOR to Commenting on the Health Care Insurance Debate" according to Yorkie Girl. First, Do No Harm. Here we are, in August 2009, with a very heated battle going on in regards to the health insurance battle. People are worried about death panels, Nazi health care (we will be treating Nazis?), and a number of hysterical assumptions. Guess what! Death panels have existed under other names, or perhaps no names at all. Some hospitals call them Ethics Committees, when they are named. But if you are ever involved with the long-term care of someone who is critically ill, a birth defect, or a severe car accident, YOU become part of a death panel,. Mary A. said Understanding "The System". I highly recommend this book. It is a difficult book to put down. Written with amazing and factual insight into the decisions made every day at hospitals. It is an intellectual must read for people who believe there are "cut and dried" answers for patients. Lisa skillfully cut from one patient to the next, keeping you on the edge of your seat as she masterfully tells the story of each patient for whom ethical decisions had to be made. It may be eyeopening for some people to realize that when you or your loved one is hospitalized, all bets are off as to life