In Shock: How Nearly Dying Made Me a Better Intensive Care Doctor (Hardback)Dr. Rana Awdish (author)
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At seven months pregnant, intensive care doctor Rana Awdish suffered a catastrophic medical event, haemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn first child. She spent months fighting for her life in her own hospital, enduring a series of organ failures and multiple major surgeries.
Every step of the way, Awdish was faced with something even more unexpected and shocking than her battle to survive: her fellow doctors' inability to see and acknowledge the pain of loss and human suffering, the result of a self-protective barrier hard-wired in medical training.
In Shock is Rana Awdish's searing account of her extraordinary journey from doctor to patient, during which she sees for the first time the dysfunction of her profession's disconnection from patients and the flaws in her own past practice as a doctor.
Shatteringly personal yet wholly universal, it is both a brave roadmap for anyone navigating illness and a call to arms for doctors to see each patient not as a diagnosis but as a human being.
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 412 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 27 mm
"What marks it out is not the scale or urgency of the trauma, although I read the first chapters at such pace that I almost had to remind myself to breathe. It is the writing." - The Sunday Times
"Awdish looks at the way we practice medicine with a combination of love and outrage. She writes beautifully about the secret, shameful feelings many doctors feel they have to hide and she shows us how we might do better. After reading this book, I feel like a different doctor." - Gabriel Weston, author of Direct Red: A Surgeon's Story
"Urgent and supremely eloquent... In Shock is a book to set alongside the likes of Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, Direct Red by Gabriel Weston and, of course, Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air." - Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller
"In Shock is both an enthralling page-turner and a haunting call to arms for the medical profession to practice with greater kindness, compassion and humility. Awdish captures beautifully how and why doctors, against our best selves, can lose sight of our patients in furious pursuit of the diagnosis, the save, the cure. Anyone - doctor or otherwise - whose life has been touched by illness will be transfixed by this deeply moving tale of catastrophic illness and everything it teaches us." -- Rachel Clarke, author of Your Life in My Hands: A Junior Doctor's Story
"There are few recent books to compare it to. Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air, another physician's account of illness, ended with his death. Awdish lives to tell the tale, but her cascade of medical problems is appallingly severe. Like [Adam] Kay's, her writing is motivated by trauma, both her own and that of her medical colleagues...The dramatic story of her illness and recovery alone would make the book compelling, but in the growing genre of medical non-fiction, it is her reflections on medical practice that really stand out." -- Dr Alexander Van Tulleken * TLS *
"A compassionate and critical look at medicine and illness from both a doctor's and a patient's perspective... Awdish has written a unique and insightful memoir." * Publishers Weekly *