In Shock

In Shock How Nearly Dying Made Me a Better Intensive Care Doctor

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Synopsis

'Tense, powerful and gripping... her writing style is often nothing short of beautiful - evocative and emotional.' Adam Kay, Observer

At seven months pregnant, intensive care doctor Rana Awdish suffered a catastrophic medical event, haemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her 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 her 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.

'A brave and eye-opening book.' Mail on Sunday

Book information

ISBN: 9780593079492
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Bantam Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 610.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 266
Weight: 406g
Height: 219mm
Width: 149mm
Spine width: 26mm