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The Interview: Tell Me the Planets, Stories of Brain Injury and What it Means to Survive

In Tell Me the Planets, Ben Platts-Mills tells stories about the survivors of brain injury he has encountered through his work with the charity Headway. In particular, the book focuses on Ben's friendship with Matthew, who was left with brain injury after undergoing surgery to remove a life-threatening cyst.

In an exclusive interview Ben and Matthew discuss their own experiences, challlenging the stereotypes around brain injury and revealing what it really means to live with a brain that is irrevocably changed. 

Doctor in the House: Adam Kay on Taking This is Going to Hurt on Tour

The author of our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for May, This is Going to Hurt, discusses croissant accidents, telling awkward stories and taking his book on tour.

Also Human: Caroline Elton on Five Ways to Change the Medical Profession

As a psychologist who has spent her career working with doctors, Caroline Elton has seen first-hand the psychological toll of working under near constant pressure in a health system stretched to breaking point. Her book, Also Human, is a challenging and humane new examination of a profession on the frontline of human trauma. Here, exclusively for Waterstones, she considers five ways we should be supporting our doctors and changing the medical profession.

A Waterstones Exclusive Q&A with Henry Marsh

"The private healthcare system in the UK, anyway, is entirely parasitic on the NHS for the training of its staff and for bailing it out when things go wrong."

Described as ‘a book about wisdom and experience’, Henry Marsh’s extraordinary memoir, Do No Harm, paved the way for a wave of new publishing that gave medicine a human face. To mark the publication of his compassionate and unflinching second book, Admissionswe present an exclusive Q&A in which Marsh considers the changing world of modern medicine, debates around end of life care and the precarious future of the NHS. 

Extract: When Breath Becomes Air

Two years following the death of its author, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air  was posthumously published to global acclaim, working as both a candid portrait of the symptoms and treatment of cancer and as a meditative essay on what it is to prepare for death. As Being Mortal’s Atul Guwande observed, ‘the dying are the ones who have the most to teach us about life.’ As our Non-Fiction Book of the Month for January, we’re honoured to be able to present Kalanithi’s introduction to this remarkable memoir, an extract deeply affecting in itself.

Behind the Label ‘Autistic’

Behind the Label ‘Autistic’

Posted on 19th Sep, 2016 by Sally Campbell

John Williams’ My Son’s Not Rainman is a deeply personal and hilarious book, overflowing with fascinating insights into his son’s autism. Intended not only to dispel the notion that all autistic children are geniuses,  Williams' tender and comic writing shows so clearly the astonishing, witty, charismatic boy behind the label ‘autistic’.

How comics bridged the language gap between fine art and medicine

Ian Williams' graphic novel The Bad Doctor is the culmination of a quest to marry his professional interest in medicine with his passion for art - and a belief that the two could work to compliment each other in a truly unique way.

Do No Harm - Henry Marsh

Do No Harm - Henry Marsh

Posted on 11th Mar, 2014 by Guest contributor

Think brain surgery and you think calm competence, clinical precision. Think again. Top neurosurgeon Henry Marsh sheds light on the chaos, confusion and self-doubt of life inside the operating theatre.