Julie Salamon's Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids

Julie Salamon’s Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids came across my radar just as a relative’s experience with the American medical establishment personalized some of the issues in the book. The author humanizes the major players—the patients, doctors, and administrators—of a hospital in an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn. And at the same time, Salamon highlights the “business” of being a hospital that generates a profit—hospital business is the same as any other business, we learn. Egos, income, demand, and marketing, it’s the same everywhere. Salamon manages to make her major players likeable characters, approachable, and human, all while exploring the contradictions involved in “hospital” business.