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Opening up Katrina’s wounds

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CHICAGO — At first blush, you might mistake Sheri Fink’s book “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital” for simply a disturbing and deeply engrossing play-by-play of the horrors that occurred at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

But once you get past the terrifying details about what happens when a hospital that serves predominantly low-income and minority patients runs out of electricity, water and hope, it’s much more.

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