San Francisco's Laguna Honda Hospital gave Victoria Sweet the opportunity to practice a kind of attentive medicine that has almost vanished. Gradually, the place transformed the way she understood her work. Alongside the modern view of the body as a machine to be fixed, her extraordinary patients evoked an older idea --- of the body as a garden to be tended. GOD'S HOTEL tells their story and the story of the hospital itself.
In this visionary memoir, based on a groundbreaking New York Times Magazine story, journalist Katy Butler ponders her parents’ desires for “Good Deaths” and the forces within medicine that stood in the way. She explores what happens when our terror of death collides with the technological imperatives of medicine. Her provocative thesis is that modern medicine, in its pursuit of maximum longevity, often creates more suffering than it prevents.
A young African-American girl named Suzy and her fate at a Brooklyn hospital are at the heart of a seemingly unwinnable case, and New York City personal injury attorney Tug Wyler is out to find justice. Using a combination of street smarts and charm, Wyler discovers the truth behind her condition –and the conniving doctors and administrators who went to great length to cover it up.
Scientists James Logan and his wife, Linda, have their dream careers at the world’s leading biotech company, GeneFirm, Inc. However their happiness is interrupted by a devastating bioterrorist attack: a deadly superflu that quickly becomes a global pandemic. The GeneFirm complex goes into lockdown and Linda’s research team is sent to develop a vaccine. Above ground, James learns that GeneFirm security has been breached and Linda is in danger. To save her he must confront a desperate terrorist, armed government agents, and an invisible killer: Virus Thirteen.
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