In Times of Crisis
August 23, 2015•7 min
In August of 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, more than 20 patients died at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after receiving lethal injections by healthcare professionals. Dr. Sheri Fink, a physician and an investigative reporter, reconstructs the events at Memorial Medical Center in her new book Five Days at Memorial. She describes the moral dilemmas that arise when systems fail and infrastructure breaks down, and reveals just how ill-prepared we are for the impact of future large-scale disasters.