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Friday Firsts: Twelve Patients (Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital)

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Blogger Meme: Friday Firsts :!: I try to tweet about all participants, so don’t forget to include your Twitter username if you want to be notified of your tweet mention! :!: The first line can make or break a reader’s interest. Just how well did the author pull you in to the story with their first sentence? To participate in this weekly book meme is extremely easy.

  • Grab the book you are currently reading and open to the first page.
  • Write down the first sentence in the first paragraph. (If you want to use 2-3 sentences, that is okay but limit it to the very beginning.)
  • Create a blog post with this information. (Make sure to include the title & author of the book you are using. Even an ISBN helps!)
  • Did this first sentence help draw you into the story? Why or why not?
  • Come back to this blog post, hosted on and add your comment to the post.

That’s it :)

Here is my Friday Firsts: Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer (ISBN: 978-1455503889)

The view from my office at Bellevue Hospital looks north up the East River.

Not exactly the sentence that pulls you in. I don’t really care about where an office faces. Is it relevant to the story? Is the East River going to come back and be an important aspect of the story? I have no idea. Luckily the premise of the book seems really interesting so I will push through, when I finally get to this novel.

Synopsis: (Taken from

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.

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Allison is a stay at home mother to two little girls (Carli & Kate). She enjoys a lot of things including reading and sewing. Allison is also a CLEC (Certified Lactation Educator/Counselor).


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