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The Girl Who Died Twice

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  39 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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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Dec 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs, medical
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
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
Carla Loveless
Jul 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bit of an exageration on the cover to blame her death all on the hazards of hospitals when it turns out she was doing cocaine, which certainly contributed to her death and wasn't confessed by her at her entrance to the hospital.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read this before, but something I saw recently made me want to browse it again. I love medical stuff.
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