Rachel Habing| Features Editor
Sheri Fink’s nonfiction work Five Days At Memorial describes the events at Memorial Medical Center Hospital after Hurricane Katrina. Part 1 of the book describes the horrible conditions at the hospital caused by the storm, including power outages and limited running water and medical supplies. The terrible circumstances lead some doctors to believe euthanizing patients was the only course of action and part 2 describes the criminal investigation doctors from Memorial underwent because of these euthanasia allegations.
While Five Days At Memorial seems like a long and tedious read, it is definitely worth it. Fink’s use of imagery and other rhetorical strategies helps you to put yourself in the doctors’ shoes and better understand why they made the decisions they made. Fink’s writing is very objective but that is needed when discussing a sensitive topic like euthanasia. This book will keep anyone interested for the whole 500 pages and is especially good for anyone interested in medicine or law.