Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital

Eric Manheimer, Author
Eric Manheimer, M.D. Grand Central, $26.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4555-0388-9
Reviewed on: 05/14/2012
Release date: 07/01/2012
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Bellevue’s former medical director offers unusual clarity, empathy, and insight in these stories from the bedside at the nation’s oldest hospital—and, Manheimer notes, perhaps its most famous public one. Yet Manheimer offers far more than remarkable medical dramas: he blends each patient’s personal experiences with their social implications. Juan, an addict with a long criminal record, shows indomitable strength in battling cancer in the hospital’s prison unit as the hospital presses for his compassionate release. For Manheimer, his case illustrates a broken prison system. For Tanisha, an emotionally damaged teen, one caring foster family gives her a last shot at happiness and demonstrates the problems of psych treatment for kids. Equally gripping tales include that of addict Arnie, a former Wall Street success story whose demons nearly destroyed his son, and whose slow slog to recovery highlights the nature of forgiveness. But perhaps the most moving tale of all is Manheimer’s own—as a cancer patient, he learns far more about despair and hope than most physicians can imagine. Manheimer offers a window onto a unique hospital and the wisdom of a healer who tends with equal skill to patients and the world. Agents: Jim Levine and Lindsay Edgecombe, Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. (July 10)
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