Posted on 5th Jun, 2018 by Martha Greengrass
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.
Posted on 10th May, 2018 by Martha Greengrass
Posted on 19th Feb, 2019 by Martha Greengrass
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.
"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."
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.
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’.
Posted on 27th Sep, 2014 by Ian WIlliams
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.
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