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    Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital from GCP authors on Vimeo.

    In the spirit of Oliver Sacks Awakenings and the TV series House, Dr. Eric Manheimer’s TWELVE PATIENTS is a memoir from the Medical Director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of twelve very different patients-from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker’s Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons-to illustrate larger societal issues. Manheimer is not only the medical director of the country’s oldest public hospital, but he is also a patient. As the book unfolds, the narrator is diagnosed with cancer, and he is forced to wrestle with the end of his own life even as he struggles to save the lives of others.

    “A unique foray into issues of race, poverty, immigration, politics and other such forces, as they are literally inscribed into the bodies of society’s most vulnerable patients.”

    - Dalton Conley, PhD, author of Honky

    Dr. Eric Manheimer

    Eric Manheimer MD

    Eric Manheimer, MD was the medical director at Bellevue from 1997-2012 and is a Clinical Professor at the New York University School of Medicine. He is an Internist who trained at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York in Internal Medicine. Following his Chief Residency there, he moved to Hanover, New Hampshire where he was a member of Dartmouth Medical School and the Hitchcock Clinic for many years.

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