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Code Blue: A Katrina Physician's Memoir

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A toxic stew of floodwaters surrounded Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans after Katrina when the levees broke. Over two thousand people were trapped in the squalid conditions without security as the death toll steadily rose inside. Bodies stacked up in the chapel as the temperature soared in the overcrowded hospital and the situation became increasingly desperate. Doct ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Rooftop Publishing (first published 2006)
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Jan 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is a first person account of what happened in a New Orlean's hospital after the levees broke. I could not put this book down. It should be read by everyone who works in a hospital and in emergency management to help them anticipate problems that might arise. It should also be read by those who were in impossible situations in New Orleans at that time. ...more
Sep 28, 2020 added it
15 years on and I still get chills reading personal accounts
Delway Burton
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This amazing book has been recommended to me several times and I finally sat down to read it. I was not disappointed. Much of the near time sci-fi being written and filmed concerns a dystopian future. This book is about the dystopian now. Written by an MD who was head of the medicine department at Baptist Hospital in New Orleans during the catastrophe that was Hurricane Katrina. The scope of the disaster, its sudden onset, the incompetence of both the federal and local governments (in particular ...more
april lewis
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I found this book to be raw, effective, and an up close account of what occurred during that horrific week. Thousands of lives were needlessly lost, many of them the elderly and the infirm. Such an epic failure on the part of the government. Thanks to the heroic and heroine efforts of the administrators, staff, and volunteers many lives were saved.
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
It was really very interesting to hear the Baptist Hospital horror story told from a doctor's perspective. I also appreciated that Deichmann wrote it himself, however better editing would have been useful. There were quite a few grammar errors. ...more
Mary Beaudry
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a horrifying account of what transpired at Baptist during Katrina. I am reading this for a Community Health class that I am teaching, but quickly got drawn in to the real-life accounts of the horror patients and staff encountered.
Apr 06, 2014 added it
They say "healthcare is a higher calling". This book proves the sense of responsibility healthcare workers feel for those in need. As an institution Baptist Hospital extended its responsibility to the neighborhood. Amazing. ...more
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for everyone - a sad moment in our country's history. Great writing on a hospital during Hurricane Katrina. ...more
Bruce Smith
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a gripping tale and a must read for healthcare professionals, emergency response, and anyone who lives in areas vulnerable to hurricanes.
Celeste Goodwin
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book that put the focus on the absolute human suffering endured during those days following Katrina. Those events have forever changed our communities.
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