Breaking & Mending: A junior doctor's stories of compassion & burnout - Wellcome Collection (Hardback)Joanna Cannon (author)
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Laying bare the emotional and physical toll of the medical profession in the most frank and candid terms imaginable, Joanna Cannon’s heart-rending memoir of life as a junior doctor is a shocking and disturbing read. Balancing the compassion and commitment of those who work in the NHS with the appalling overwork and disillusionment that has become their reality, Breaking and Mending is an urgent, powerful read.
A few years ago, I found myself in A&E. I had never felt so ill. I was mentally and physically broken. So fractured, I hadn't eaten properly or slept well, or even changed my expression for months. I sat in a cubicle, behind paper-thin curtains and I shook with the effort of not crying. I was an inch away from defeat... but I knew I had to carry on. Because I wasn't the patient. I was the doctor.
In this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells her story as a junior doctor in visceral, heart-rending snapshots. We walk with her through the wards, facing extraordinary and daunting moments: from attending her first post-mortem, sitting with a patient through their final moments, to learning the power of a well- or badly chosen word.
These moments, and the small sustaining acts of kindness and connection that punctuate hospital life, teach her that emotional care and mental health can be just as critical as restoring a heartbeat. In a profession where weakness remains a taboo, this moving, beautifully written book brings to life the vivid, human stories of doctors and patients - and shows us why we need to take better care of those who care for us.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 264 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 21 mm
'Cannon's narrative skill here is subtle but tremendous…we walk with her, feeling the weight of her steps in our own.' - The Daily Telegraph
'I tore through Breaking and Mending... frank, emotional and compassionate' - David Nicholls
'One of the most beautiful books you will ever read' - Kate Mosse
'Joanna Cannon's powerful, moving memoir of her time as a junior doctor is so good.' - Nina Stibbe
'Now a best-selling writer, Cannon's stories of her time as a junior doctor explore how humans can give each other hope and compassion in even the darkest of moments.' - Jameela Jamil, Stylist
'Before she became a novelist, Cannon worked as a doctor. Here, she recalls her days on the wards in the most moving way.' - Anna Bonet, Red
'This raw and emotional memoir ... is full of depth and insight, and made me so grateful to all those who work in healthcare.' - Nina Pottell, Prima
'Powerful, shocking and intimate all at the same time' - John Boyne
'A deeply moving, thought-provoking memoir written with true compassion and intelligence' - Nathan Filer
'All doctors should read this - and patients too. Emotionally wise and beautifully written' - Jill Mansell
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