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Also Human: The Inner Lives of Doctors (Hardback)

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Hardback 400 Pages / Published: 15/03/2018
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Doctors are the people we turn to when we fall ill. They are the people we trust with our lives, and with the lives of those we love. Yet who can doctors turn to at moments of stress, or when their own working lives break down?

What does it take to confront death, disease, distress and suffering every day? To work in a healthcare system that is stretched to breaking point? To carry the responsibility of making decisions that can irrevocably change someone's life - or possibly end it? And how do doctors cope with their own questions and fears, when they are expected to have all the answers?

Caroline Elton is a psychologist who specialises in helping doctors. For over twenty years she has listened as doctors have unburdened themselves of the pressures of their jobs: the obstetrician whose own fertility treatment failed; the trainee oncologist who found herself unable to treat patients suffering from the disease that killed her father; the brilliant neurosurgeon struggling to progress her career in an environment that was hostile to women.

Drawing on extraordinary case studies and decades of work supporting clinicians, Also Human presents a provocative, perceptive and deeply humane examination of the modern medical profession.

'With a compassionate eye for detail and a deep understanding of just how the systems we train and practice in as doctors can fail us as human beings, Caroline Elton offers a crucial and timely reminder that doctors are Also Human.' - Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9781785150906
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 543 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 35 mm


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'All agree there is a crisis in health care, but this book looks behind the headlines and tots up the human cost of a flawed system. Written with perceptive sympathy for the wounded healer, it is necessary reading for both doctors and patients.' - Hilary Mantel

'With a compassionate eye for detail and a deep understanding of just how the systems we train and practice in as doctors can fail us as human beings, Caroline Elton offers a crucial and timely reminder that doctors are Also Human.' - Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

'Fascinating, troubling, educative. Read Elton and weep and then think, argue and implement what needs doing to support not squander our medics.' - Susie Orbach

'Have you ever wondered what your doctor thinks and feels once you walk out the door? Also Human is the uncensored answer - and it's haunting, beautiful, and urgent for all of us to know.' - Johann Hari

'An important, necessary book. Also Human shows that doctors are indeed all so human.' - Dean Burnett, author of The Idiot Brain

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“Somehow hopeful and depressing”

Caroline Elton is an occupational therapist who has worked with doctors for years and my best friend is a junior doctor so when I heard about this book I was keen to read more about the environment she works in. This... More

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