How to Treat People: A Nurse at Work (Hardback)Molly Case (author)
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Cardiac nurse Molly Case has carved a unique arc, her medical career informing her parallel work as a performance artist and writer. These sensibilities find their way into this remarkable, anecdotal reflection on the profession of healthcare and our intimate relationship to health and our own mortality.
The hand of a stranger offered in solace. A flower placed on a dead body as a mark of respect. A gentle word in response to fear and anger. It is these moments of empathy, in the extremis of human experience, which define us as people.
Nobody knows this better than a nurse and Molly Case has witnessed countless such moments. In How to Treat People, she documents these extraordinary points, when two people truly connect. In rich, lyrical prose, she introduces us to patients with whom we share the pain, but also the experience of illness when life is at its most vivid. And when her father is admitted to the high dependency unit on which she works, Molly confronts care in a whole new way, when two worlds - the professional and the personal - suddenly collide.
Weaving together medical history, art, memoir and science, How to Treat People beautifully illustrates the intricacies of the human condition and the oscillating rhythms of life and death. Most of all, it is a heart-stopping reminder that we can all find meaning in being part, even for a moment, of the lives of others.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 338 g
Dimensions: 204 x 138 x 25 mm
'She shows us that the unique role of a nurse is to understand and care for people both physically and emotionally.' - The Guardian
'Molly Case is a nurse and poet who brings compassion and lyricism to this memoir' - The Express
'Molly Case reminds us that humanity and moments of true care are as healing as the medicine modern science can deliver' - Julia Samuel, author of Grief Works
'Intense, powerful, moving and very enlightening on what it means to be a nurse. I loved its endless curiosity about the language of medicine and the practice of care. It seemed infused with a love and respect for the profession itself' - Gerard Woodward
'How to Treat People gets to the heart of who we are - how we live and also how we die. I was moved twice over - by the work Molly does as a nurse every day, and by the book she has written' - Nina Stibbe
'Beautifully written and passionate tales from the nurse you would choose for yourself' - Stephen Westaby, author of Fragile Lives
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