'Five Days at Memorial'

Georgetown Book Club's August Selection

Five Days at MemorialRising water. Failing electricity. The sound of gunshots. 

These are just a few elements of the harrowing circumstances in which the staff at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans operated during Hurricane Katrina. By the end of the crisis, 45 patients were lost, yet the nature of the deaths drew questions, as 23 were found to have suspicious levels of morphine or other drugs in their systems.

What really happened in the five days between the onset of the hurricane and the hospital's evacuation? Who was responsible? And what legal consequences followed in the events' aftermath?

Dr. Sheri Fink explores these questions and much more in her 2013 nonfiction account, Five Days at Memorial, creating a chronicle of events that doubles as a consideration of the role of ethics and morality in the face of the extreme. 

Join the Georgetown Book Club as we discuss Five Days at Memorial on Thursday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome! 

Questions? Email julia.strusienski@dc.gov or call the library at 202-727-0232.

-- J. Strusienski