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M. Stevens-David Review: "Justice for Lorraine" by Conrad Cohen
By Martha Stevens-David
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:20:13 AM

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I was anxious to read this story and found that the author was/is still in a great deal of pain and all of his suffering came/comes from not being able to realize any form of "justice" for his now deceased wife "Lorraine."

As I read through his agonizing story of love and heart break, I came to the realization that I too had a similar experience when my mother was in a nursing home. She had been in that "home" nearly two years and I use the term "home" loosely, because it was far from being a "home." She seemed to be doing fine and then one morning, our family was called to her bedside and we were told that "she didn't have long" and before we, her eight children, knew what was happening, she was given a dose of morphine and could barely speak or even look at us. After about an hour had passed, another nurse came into the room and without even looking at us, or telling us what she was doing, she gave mother another final dose of morphine. As mother felt the surge of the powerful drug invade her tired body, she grabbed my hand and looked at me and I told her to relax and she mumbled her final words to me: "I know but I don't know where I'm going." Those were her final words and she was gone.

So, I can easily relate to Mr. Cohen's pain and bewilderment regarding the medical establishment and their failure to abide by the "rules".

Mr. Cohen needs "closure" to all his pain and suffering and the loss of his one and only great love and thus far, he had not been able to find it. He is a good man who served his country in war and peace and should not have had to go through what he has.

I think everyone should read this very powerful story because something of the same ilk could happen to any one of us.

Would I recommend this book? YES!

Martha Stevens-David

Conrad Cohen's book, "Justice for Lorraine," was written to do exactly as the title says, bring attention to the wrongs done and get justice for the loss of his wife. "Justice for Lorraine" compiles prescription forms, medical documents and complaint letters interwoven with the memoir of a loving couple who were separated by medical mistreatment. Cohen was in the NYPD for 21 years and taught criminal justice, now he hopes to bring attention to the flaws of the U.S. medical system and warn others of the dangers they may face.

Conrad Cohen was in World War II, an officer in the New York Police Department for 21 years and taught criminal justice at the university level for 25 years. He was married to Lorraine for 35 years before her death in 2009.

"Justice for Lorraine"
By: Conrad Cohen
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4582-1416-4
SC-Retail price: $13.99
EB-ISBN: 978-1-4582-1415-7
EB-Retail price: $3.99
Hardcover $23.00

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