At ll:43 P.M. on Sunday, March 4, l984, l8-year-old Libby Zion was admitted to New York Hospital with a fever and minor flu symptoms. Eight hours later she was dead and her father, New York writer and luminary Sidney Zion, embarked on a fiery quest for answers and retribution that has rocked the foundations of medical education and practice in America and has precipitated sweeping reforms in the laws governing hospitals and residency programs. The Girl Who Died Twice, written with the participation of both the Zion family and New York Hospital, is the first in-depth examination of this landmark case, which recently inspired a new round of headlines as the bitter legal battle between the family and the hospital came to a head in court -- and on Court TV. But last February's stunning jury verdict also raised troubling issues of patient responsibility in the case, and it left unresolved life and death issues about medical care in this country that have yet to be fully addressed.
Here, from acclaimed investigative writer Natalie Robins, is the impeccably researched inside story of this compelling modern tragedy, based on interviews with many of the principals, their friends and associates, and hundreds of medical experts and educators. Robins delivers the disturbing truth about Libby Zion's life and death and about how our hospitals really work. At once gripping personal drama and fascinating medical mystery, her report is vitally important reading for anyone interested in a true understanding of who's in charge of our health.
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A poet, crime writer, and 1992 First Ammendment award winner for Alien Ink (LJ 1/92), a major study of the FBI campaign against American Intellectuals, Robins is uniquely suited to probe the widelyreported malpractice case that resulted from the death of Libby Zion, an 18-year-old Bennington College undergraduate. Admitted to New York Hospital with fever and apparent flu, Zion died in a matter of hours under the poorly supervised care of an intern on duty. Evidence of Libby's apparent multiple drug use added ambiguity to the tragic series of medical oversights and complicated the legal proceedings that followed. Although the verdict in the malpractice case was mixed, Libby's father, journalist Sidney Zion, was ultimately successful in his crusade to make teaching hospitals more accountable for the supervision of residents and interns. The troubling story of Libby's death, the grief and rage of her family, and the responses of the doctors involved in her care are thoroughly researched and expertly told. Recommended for all libraries.?Kathy Arsenault, Univ. of South Florida at St. Petersburg Lib.
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When 18-year-old Libby Zion entered New York Hospital for "fever and earache" on the night of March 4, 1984, and died a few hours later from "cardiac arrest," she might have become just another statistic swept under a hospital's file cabinet. Instead, her father, a writer with political connections, made her death the subject of a crusade that ultimately wrought substantial changes in medical education, both under-and postgraduate, and in hospital procedures. He was not, however, able to force the hospital into public acceptance of responsibility and formal apology. Robins examines the case, which became internationally famous, without bias, thoroughly, and right through the final court decision in May_ 1995. The whole affair was hardly cut-and-dried--indeed, the title springs from the suspicion that Libby had died at home from her lifestyle before she officially died at the hospital--and that makes the book much broader in scope and interest than the bare bones of the case at first suggest. William Beatty
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