December 4, 2013

Katy Butler spoke about her book, Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

When doctors refused to disable her father's pace­maker, sentencing him to a protracted and agonizing death, Katy set out to understand why. Her quest had barely begun when her mother faced her own illness, rebelled against her doctors, refused open-heart surgery, and instead met death head-on. Knocking on Heaven’s Door, a revolution­ary blend of memoir and investigative reporting, is the fruit of the Butler family’s journey.

Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death By Katy Butler Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451641981
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Published: Scribner - June 10th, 2014


September 18, 2013

Sheri Fink spoke about her book, Five Days at Memorial, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, September 18, 2013.

In the tradition of the best investigative journalism, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs 5 days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the reader into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amid chaos.

After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days, bringing the reader into a hospital fighting for its life and into a conversation about the most terrifying form of health care rationing. In a voice at once involving and fair, masterful and intimate, Fink exposes the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and reveals just how ill-prepared we are in America for the impact of large-scale disasters—and how we can do better. A remarkable book, engrossing from start to finish, Five Days at Memorial radically transforms your understanding of human nature in crisis.

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ISBN: 9780307718976
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Published: Crown - January 26th, 2016


May 16, 2013

Jessica Wapner spoke about her book, The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Mutant Gene and the Quest to Cure Cancer at the Genetic Level, at Politics & Prose on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

A genetic mutation that causes chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), the Philadelphia chromosome was first detected in 1959. Some fifty years later, the once deadly CML can be controlled with a daily dose of a drug called Gleevec. Wapner, a widely published science writer, Work in Progress blogger, and former editor of Oncology Spectrum, profiles the dedicated doctors involved in the research and explains the science behind this breakthrough.

The Philadelphia Chromosome: A Genetic Mystery, a Lethal Cancer, and the Improbable Invention of a Lifesaving Treatment By Jessica Wapner, Robert A. Weinberg (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615191970
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Published: The Experiment - April 8th, 2014