Twelve Patients by Eric Manheimer

Twelve Patients

The inspiration for the NBC drama New Amsterdam and in the spirit of Oliver Sacks, this intensely involving memoir from a former medical director of a major NYC hospital looks poignantly at patients' lives and reveals the author's own battle with cancer. Dr. Manheimer describes the plights of twelve very different patients--from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners at Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons.M...

Details Twelve Patients

TitleTwelve Patients
Release DateJul 10th, 2012
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Medical, Health, Medicine, Psychology, Biography

Reviews Twelve Patients

  • Katie
    This book was definitely worth picking up, but isn't going to stick in my mind as much as I thought it was. While the stories of the twelve patients were interesting, the writing bothered me. Manheimer is extremely verbose, and some of the tales come off as pretty convoluted, with an almost romantic, wispy writing style at times. It's as if he's writing in a style that he thinks is how writer's SHOULD sound, as opposed to his real voice. It espec...
  • Kristen
    This was a very disappointing read. It was not what I expected; it is not a tale of 12 medical mysteries (and certainly not in the spirit of House or Oliver Sacks.) The author was the Medical Director and was not the primary doctor in any of these cases. He tells the emotional story of these patients, but the medical diagnosis is unimportant and is simply introduced at the start of each story. He focuses on the larger social issues related to imm...
  • Ted Lehmann
    In Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital (Grand Central Publishing/The Hatchette Group, 2013, 349 Pages, $9.99 Kindle edition) Dr. Eric Manheimer tells  a story about the American health care system set in Bellevue Hospital, which is the oldest and largest hospital in the United States. As a public hospital it serves the needs of those populations not well-served by the huge infrastructure of America's hospital and larger medical ...
  • Claire
    Only a few chapters in and still interested, but the author could really have used an editor interested in cutting out the countless unnecessary details. Finally finished and I'm not sure why I stuck with it. The patients' stories were interesting but the writing was not very good. The author wandered frequently, and while I love a good tangent, these did little to add to the story or my interest. He includes so many tiny details that do not need...
  • Trish
    When embarking upon this book, I had seen a BBC2 programme about nursing in Mexico 'The Toughest Place to be a ... Nurse'Although the Author is based in Bellevue in New York City, like that BBC2 programme this book was a real eye opener. In the space of one book he takes us beyond the walls of a busy hospital and shows us modern day America in terms of what you sow, so shall you reap!The Author's detail in writing suggests a screenplay writer cou...
  • esmepie
    Only kept reading because the patients were so interesting, both as illustrations of the kinds of cases that come to Bellevue, and as a lens through which to examine current topics in medicine today. I even liked the author's personal cancer story. But the author is a horrible writer and could have been so easily helped by a good editor. First, time and sequence are hard to follow. The author was allowed to tell too much of his own personal (non-...
  • Pam Carmichael
    This was written by a doctor and man it was great. If you want to know how the inside of a hospital really works this is a great start. Got it from the library and was right into it. Bellevue it not a bad hospital like people think, it is a hard working one which treats all kinds of things and the doctor is so interesting I could not put it down! If you get a chance pick it up, I promise you will really enjoy it!
  • Tracy Fitzpatrick
    The stories about the patients were very interesting. I found some parts a little dry. The author uses this as a platform to bring attention to his social/political concerns.
  • Nancy
    I picked up this book because I found the title compelling. I figured it would be an interesting peek behind the storied walls of Bellevue by someone who's been there and done that. Yeah, not so much. Reading this was comparable to slogging through the waist high muddy swamp in that one film... you know which one I'm talking about...The concept of this book is nice, in theory, each chapter highlights one patient's story and includes enough family...
  • David
    I've been on a kick reading books by doctors about the practice of medicine, and this is one of the finest. Far more than just a series of case histories, though it includes that, this is a literary text, as good as any book of fiction, with a strong voice, wonderfully wrought images and characters, and a goal of exploring the lives of people, both patients and doctors. I wish this author was a friend so that I could go out to dinner with him and...
  • Katherine
    Can’t do it. The author desperately needs an editor; his writing is full of snags, like a nail that needs filing. Time shifts are all over the place without adequate transitions, and the tangents! So. Many. Needless. Tangents.I finally lost patience in “Beso de Angel,”a story full of the same coincidences that plague the rest of what I managed to read in this book. Manheimer is heroically getting an indigent undocumented man and his wife ba...
  • Laura Spira
    I have just binge watched the first series of New Amsterdam. I'm a sucker for a medical drama, all the way back to Marcus Welby and Dr Kildare, and this one is a fairly conventional example of the genre. All the doctors are heroic but slightly flawed personalities and the central character, the hospital medical director, has the added problem of being a cancer patient himself. So I was really interested to read the book on which the series is bas...
  • Stacy
    I very much wanted to like "Twelve Patients" by Eric Manheimer, MD but struggled at times to do so. The memoir was ambitious covering everything from prison reform to foster care and Dr. Manheimer's stories moved me. Many patients like Tanisha, the teenager who grew up in foster care, and Soraya, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, left me in awe of the staggering hardships they endured. Arnie's story was particularly important and for the ...
  • Mary
    3.5Twelve Patients by Eric Manheimer is a different kind of book dealing patients and their contacts with the nation's oldest public hospital. The focus is not so much on diagnosis and treatment or injury and recovery as it is a discussion of various social problems. Dr. Manheimer is fluent in Spanish and this is a real plus for him in his work because many coworkers and patients are Spanish speaking. Certainly, he is a physician who goes the ext...
  • Barbara
    Dr. Manheimer writes a book encompassing his long career as the medical director working at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. Each chapter is devoted to one patient and their story. Dr. Manheimer also becomes a patient when he is diagnosed with throat cancer and describes the treatment plan he goes through and the long, difficult road to recovery. His illness makes him a very empathetic doctor, as he knows what it is like to suffer, just like his patient...
  • Jennifer
    I love "New Amsterdam" so I wanted to read the book it is based on. The book is very different but was a real eye-opener into the troubles of the US healthcare system. I'm glad that Bellevue Hospital is there for patients who can't afford to see a doctor.
  • Krista
    Ugh. I came SUPER close to not finishing this one. The language was over the top. The author’s usage of ubiquitous was overly ubiquitous. Not recommended.
  • CD
    A 'life & death' memoir that contains both therapeutic and political statements by the author.This was not exactly, or probably even vaguely what I expected when I started reading. A balanced slice of life work that perhaps leans a bit more towards the sadder and tragic part of life. Of course this is from Bellevue Hospital in New York. Along with Bellevue's great successes and happy moments there is indeed much from the other end of the spectrum...
  • Yoursexylibrarian
    I really liked this book in the beginning. Abut halfway through, I started disliking the book and the author's point of view. By patient ten, I hated the book. In the Kindle edition, each patient has his or her own chapter, which are about 45 minutes each. It seemed never-ending during some of the chapters.The author is a doctor. In some parts of the book, he comes across as sincere and intelligent. In other parts, he was a bit of a pompous ass. ...
  • Diana
    This book focused on 12 patients that the author felt had an impact on his life while he was working as the medical director at Bellevue Hospital in New York. Some of the stories he told in the book almost made me cry. I have a few chronic illnesses, but I cannot imagine what some of these people went through before unfortunately dying from their health issues. I thought it was a good book, but probably not something I'll ever read again.
  • Matthew Dixon
    Such a disappointment. The subject matter fascinates but the book goes off the rails almost immediately and stays there. The physician who wrote it has limited writing skills. the prose is dry and clinical. But more than that, every case chronicle comes back to the doctor himself and his own life, habits, loves, etc. Just way too self-absorbed.
  • Gabriele Ott
    Great book! I've always enjoyed medical books for the scientific/medical aspects of them. But this book also teaches you about humility, history, compassion and just genuine caring. Well written and one could just hope to have a doctor like Eric Manheimer, who truly deeply cares about his profession after years and years.
  • Melissa Dally
    Wow, this could've been so much better. The parts where he sticks to discussing the patients and their stories really is interesting. The parts where he digresses and goes off on tangents and tangents to those tangents is just boring. I wish they could clean this up, it would rate at least another star (two more stars if the parts where he gets judgmental were removed).
  • Patsy
    Way too long and poorly written. It was a real struggle to get through at times.
  • Diane
    Twelve Patients is a memoir and more written by the former (13) year medical director of Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in NYC. This story was the inspiration for the new 2018, weekly medical series, New Amsterdam, which we've been watching and enjoying.As Manheimer is put in charge with getting the medical team and hospital back on track, he a;p learns he has cancer and is forced to deal with his own illness. In addition to his st...
  • Amy
    This was from a Good Reads Book Giveaway.When I entered to win this book, I thought it would be interesting to read the true story that inspired the new television series, "New Amsterdam". I am not exactly sure what I expected, maybe day-to-day views of what it is like working in a large hospital; hospital personnel banter like on the television series. Whatever I expected was not what I got. As already mentioned by some reviewers, this memoir co...
  • Mary
    A friend gave me this book. I thought it would be focused on medical issues, but Bellevue happens to be a microcosm of the world, with patients and staff from all around the world, different languages and different cultures. Many of its patients come from areas of the world where torture is common. These traumatic backgrounds affect their health and make treatment challenging. Dr. Manheimer is a very unusual doctor/administrator because he really...
  • B.T. Hunter
    This book fused stories from the hospitals and its patients with the dynamics (or lack there of) of the medical system. Through telling these stories, Manheimer illustrates how the healthcare systems, sometimes serves and in many cases fails patients, especially patients of color. Admittedly I had to put this book down at times and come back to it because some of the content was just a lot to take it. Manheimer takes time to detail the situations...