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The Girl Who Died Twice
At ll:43 P.M. on Sunday, March 4, l984, l8-year-old Libby Zion was admitted to New York Hospital with a fever and minor flu symptoms. Eight hours later she was dead and her father, New York writer and luminary Sidney Zion, embarked on a fiery quest for answers and retribution that has rocked the foundations of medical education and practice in America and has precip ...more
Hardcover, 350 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Delacorte Press
(first published 1995)
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Started out ok, however, that girl's father really needed to cope better with his daughter's death. She shared responsibility in her death by not disclosing exactly what medications/drugs she was taking and by playing providers against each other. Even today, providers don't necessarily know if their patients are getting care from more than 1 person. Where is the personal accountability?? Par for the course for America. Blame someone else and let your money do the talking. Sick. I can't believe ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Fishface rated it it was ok · review of another edition
Intended to be an indictment of the treatment of patients in mental hospitals, this book utterly fails to make its point. I came away baffled about what really happened and why. A lot of the questions I had about the story -- was she or was she not using drugs on top of her meds? was she taking them at all at the time she died? why on earth was this kid given Nardil when there were better options on the market? what what this psychiatrist playing at anyway? -- never got raised in the text at all ...more
If you're in the medical field, this book might be interesting for you. If not, I highly recommend that you don't bother to pick it up. It's full of technical details that are, at times, hard to follow. It is repetitive. It takes way too long to get to the point. Overall, I do not recommend it. I disliked it so much, it took me over a year to read less than 300 pages. But I can claim success... I finally got through it.
Natalie Robins has published nine books, four of which are volumes of poetry published by the legendary Alan Swallow Press. Her first nonfiction book, Savage Grace, coauthored with Steven M.L. Aronson, won an Edgar Award for the best fact-based crime book published in 1985, and was made into a movie starring Julianne Moore. Alien Ink: The FBI's War on Freedom of Expression was the winner of the 19 ...moreMore about Natalie Robins...