Twelve Patients

Twelve Patients

Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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In the spirit of Oliver Sacks and the inspiration for the NBC drama New Amsterdam , this intensely involving memoir from a Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital looks poignantly at patients' lives and highlights the complex mind-body connection.

Using the plights of twelve very different patients--from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners at Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons--Dr. Eric Manheimer "offers far more than remarkable medical dramas: he blends each patient's personal experiences with their social implications" ( Publishers Weekly ).
Manheimer is not only the medical director of the country's oldest public hospital, but he is also a patient. As the book unfolds, the narrator is diagnosed with cancer, and he is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life even as he struggles to save the lives of others.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781455503889
Branch Call Number: 362.1109 MANHEIM
Characteristics: vii, 355 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: 12 patients


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ArapahoeSarahH Sep 30, 2019

I read this book before diving into the New Amsterdam TV show and thought of it more as a collection of essays to enjoy on their own vs. a continuing story. I enjoyed seeing the "behind the scenes" of a large public hospital, and some of the humanity that goes into the "business" decisions made each day therein.

May 14, 2019

I read this years ago and loved it. New Amsterdam is a top notch medical drama, probably the best I've ever seen besides E.R. in it's day..
Also highly recommend WEEKENDS AT BELLEVUE by Julie Holland😊

Feb 10, 2019

I read this book because of my interest in the tv series New Amsterdam. I enjoyed this book very much and would highly recommend it for any one who is interested in medicine. The inside workings of a hospital and the staff that manage it is well travelled in this book. It puts a human element to all that goes on. One quote by Dr. Eric Manheimer I loved was "the sign of maturity for a health care provider is when the humanity of the people that walk through our doors becomes part of our own." This says it all treat others as you would have them treat you.

Oct 30, 2013

I was fascinated with Dr. Manheimer's description of these cases . A very interesting book .


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