The Ministry of Bodies (Hardback)Seamus O'Mahony (author)
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The author of The Way We Die Now presents a sprawling, eye-opening and frequently hilarious biography of the general hospital, from belligerent patients to self-regarding specialists.
Life and death in a modern hospital, from Seamus O'Mahony, the award-winning author of The Way We Die Now and Can Medicine Be Cured?
Seamus O'Mahony charts the realities of work in the 'ministry of bodies', that huge complex where people come to be cured and to die. From unexpected deaths to moral quandaries and bureaucratic disasters, O'Mahony documents life in the halls and wards that all of us will visit at some point in our lives with his characteristic wit and dry and unsentimental intelligence.
Absurd general emails, vain and self-promoting specialists, the relentless parade of self-destructive drinkers and drug users, the comical expectations of baffled patients: this is not a conventional medical memoir, but the collective biography of one of our great modern institutions - the general hospital - through the eyes of a brilliant writer, who happens to be a doctor.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 320
Dimensions: 210 x 130 mm
'No one writes as clearly and intelligently about modern medicine as Seamus O'Mahony' -- Emily Hourican, Sunday Independent
'Wonderfully funny and curmudgeonly, The Ministry of Bodies is a descent into the very bowels of modern medicine, as brilliant and candid as Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward' -- Kevin Toolis
'Doctors tend to be seen as saints and heroes, but that's a picture few of them recognise. Seamus O'Mahony, a medical Dostoevsky, gives a much more interesting and much funnier portrayal of a doctor's life' -- Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal
'The Ministry of Bodies has much of what we expect from O'Mahony - it's blunt, witty, erudite, curmudgeonly' -- Melanie Reid, The Times
'There's plenty of interesting strangeness' * iNews *
'Funny, sad, infuriating, heartening and depressing, all in almost equal measure, although the overarching theme is one of deep regret for what has been lost ... There are many parts of The Ministry of Bodies that had me laughing out loud ... O'Mahony has a very keen eye for the absurd. But much of it made me wince too ... The moral conviction of the book is unwavering' * Irish Sunday Independent *
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