First, Do No Harm
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Five Days at Memorial:
Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital
by Sheri Fink
$27.00 List Price
At one point in Five Days at Memorial, Sheri Fink's elaborately researched chronicle of life, death, and the choices in between at a New Orleans hospital immediately following Hurricane Katrina, hospital staffers begin, inevitably, to imagine how the made-for-TV movie of their ordeal would be cast. A nurse named Budo, "dark-haired with a heart-shaped face and thick eyebrows, said she wanted Demi Moore to play her. Her longtime colleague on the night shift, Cheri Landry, short and stout, with hooded eyes, arched brows, and an air of wisdom, would be portrayed by Kathy Bates."
As things turned out, though, both women would play themselves. Memorial Medical Center's TV star turn would come via the attentions of Anderson Cooper, 60 Minutes, and Nancy Grace, who with eyes aglitter would speculate on "an angel of death"
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