Most people trust hospitals to save their lives in emergency, but who really knows what goes on behind the operating room? Author Julie Salamon found out more about Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn when she spent a year chronicling day-to-day operations in her book Hospital: Man, Woman, Birth, Death, Infinity, Plus Red Tape, Bad Behavior, Money, God and Diversity on Steroids. Excessive title, yes, but Salamon’s book packs a punch of information. She followed nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers, patients cooks and administrators, among others, to see how a hospital was really a health-adjacent microcosm of the larger, ethnically and socio-economically diverse Brooklyn community. Don't think that Salamon's book is isolated--perhaps Maimonides is indicative of health care in America.