Tender is the Scalpel’s Edge

Stories from the Journal of an NHS Consultant Surgeon

Author: Gautam Das

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1788038428

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 5239

Glimpses from the journal of an NHS consultant surgeon.

The Scalpel's Edge

The Culture of Surgeons

Author: Pearl Katz

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon


Category: Medical

Page: 251

View: 8304

With unprecedented access to the culture of surgeons--this book describes in detail what surgeons actually do in and out of the operating room, this book reveals how they think about disease, patients, and other physicians; how their thinking is often non-scientific; how they make decisions; and how they keep secrets from patients and colleagues.

Direct Red

A Surgeon's View of Her Life-or-Death Profession

Author: Gabriel Weston

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0307374416

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 9306

In this powerful and sometimes shocking account, a surgeon reveals her experience of hospital life with rare frankness. In her mid-twenties, Gabriel Weston - an arts graduate with no scientific qualification beyond high school-level biology - decided to become a surgeon. She enrolled at night school, then went through many years of medical school and surgical training. Now in her late thirties, she has achieved her ambition and is working as a surgeon in a British hospital. "But I have never quite managed to shake off the feeling that I am an imposter,"she says. "Even when operating, it sometimes seems like I am on the outside looking in." Direct Red is the result of those observations. It is a superbly written, startlingly raw account of her experience of life in a hospital. All her own doubts, mistakes, and incongruous triumphs are faithfully recorded. It is also a revealing and at times chilling account of what she sees around her. The world of surgery is secret and closed - or was until now. Excerpt I knew that this man needed to be opened up immediately. I phoned the on-call consultant, offering to meet him in theatre. "Not so fast," he objected. "You youngsters are always in such a hurry." When he finally did concede that we needed to go to theatre, he picked up a coffee on the way. Physiology forced pace on the situation: once we cut the man open, we were confronted with the sight of the hollow cavern of the patient’s abdomen filling with blood as quickly as a basin fills with water. This consultant did not have a clue what to do; didn’t know the simplest emergency measures. He dressed his incompetence in a mannered slowness of action. It took him almost an hour to admit he wasn’t coping, at which point he shouted at the scrub nurse: "Get me another surgeon! Any surgeon!" The night taught me the paramount value of a quick response.


Life as a Brain Surgeon

Author: Henry Marsh

Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN: 1250127270

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 1969

The 2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist, International Bestseller, and a Kirkus Best Nonfiction Book of 2017! “Marsh has retired, which means he’s taking a thorough inventory of his life. His reflections and recollections make Admissions an even more introspective memoir than his first, if such a thing is possible.” —The New York Times "Consistently entertaining...Honesty is abundantly apparent here--a quality as rare and commendable in elite surgeons as one suspects it is in memoirists." —The Guardian "Disarmingly frank storytelling...his reflections on death and dying equal those in Atul Gawande's excellent Being Mortal." —The Economist Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Following the publication of his celebrated New York Times bestseller Do No Harm, Marsh retired from his full-time job in England to work pro bono in Ukraine and Nepal. In Admissions he describes the difficulties of working in these troubled, impoverished countries and the further insights it has given him into the practice of medicine. Marsh also faces up to the burden of responsibility that can come with trying to reduce human suffering. Unearthing memories of his early days as a medical student, and the experiences that shaped him as a young surgeon, he explores the difficulties of a profession that deals in probabilities rather than certainties, and where the overwhelming urge to prolong life can come at a tragic cost for patients and those who love them. Reflecting on what forty years of handling the human brain has taught him, Marsh finds a different purpose in life as he approaches the end of his professional career and a fresh understanding of what matters to us all in the end.

What Doctors Feel

How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Author: Danielle Ofri

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 0807073334

Category: Medical

Page: 232

View: 5640

A look at the emotional side of medicine—the shame, fear, anger, anxiety, empathy, and even love that affect patient care Physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life’s most challenging moments. But doctors’ emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of everyday practice have a profound impact on medical care. And while much has been written about the minds and methods of the medical professionals who save our lives, precious little has been said about their emotions. In What Doctors Feel, Dr. Danielle Ofri has taken on the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how these directly influence patients. How do the stresses of medical life—from paperwork to grueling hours to lawsuits to facing death—affect the medical care that doctors can offer their patients? Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Ofri examines the daunting range of emotions—shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, occasionally despair, and sometimes even love—that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection. Drawing on scientific studies, including some surprising research, Dr. Danielle Ofri offers up an unflinching look at the impact of emotions on health care. With her renowned eye for dramatic detail, Dr. Ofri takes us into the swirling heart of patient care, telling stories of caregivers caught up and occasionally torn down by the whirlwind life of doctoring. She admits to the humiliation of an error that nearly killed one of her patients and her forever fear of making another. She mourns when a beloved patient is denied a heart transplant. She tells the riveting stories of an intern traumatized when she is forced to let a newborn die in her arms, and of a doctor whose daily glass of wine to handle the frustrations of the ER escalates into a destructive addiction. But doctors don’t only feel fear, grief, and frustration. Ofri also reveals that doctors tell bad jokes about “toxic sock syndrome,” cope through gallows humor, find hope in impossible situations, and surrender to ecstatic happiness when they triumph over illness. The stories here reveal the undeniable truth that emotions have a distinct effect on how doctors care for their patients. For both clinicians and patients, understanding what doctors feel can make all the difference in giving and getting the best medical care.

When the Air Hits Your Brain: Tales from Neurosurgery

Author: Frank Vertosick

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393344029

Category: Medical

Page: 272

View: 4558

The story of one man's evolution from naive and ambitious young intern to world-class neurosurgeon. With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick’s patients and unsparing yet fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain—the culmination of decades spent struggling to learn an unforgiving craft—illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

The Brothers Bishop

Author: Bart Yates

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0758282524

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

View: 7003

From the Alex Award–winning author of Leave Myself Behind: A “smoothly written . . . exploration of issues of fathers and sons, forgiveness and acceptance” (Booklist). Tommy and Nathan Bishop are as different as two brothers can be. Carefree and careless, Tommy is the golden boy who takes men into his bed with a seductive smile and turns them out just as quickly. No one can resist him—and no one can control him. Nathan is all about control. At thirty-one, he is bitter beyond his years. For while Tommy left home for New York City, Nathan stayed behind, teaching high school English in their provincial seaside hometown, simmering in his loneliness and reminders of their ruined family history. Now, Tommy has returned for the summer, bringing his sexual powder keg of an entourage—and the distant echoes of his family’s tumultuous past—with him. And when one of Nathan’s troubled students begins visiting the house, the fuse is lit on a dangerously unstable situation. The Brothers Bishop is a touching, tattered tapestry of familial love, hatred, and emotional wreckage from an author whose “voice is more than just honest or original; it’s real” (The Plain Dealer).

Under the Knife

A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations

Author: Arnold van de Laar, Laproscopic surgeon

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250200091

Category: Medical

Page: 320

View: 9239

Surgeon Arnold van de Laar uses his own experience and expertise to tell this engrossing history of surgery through 28 famous operations—from Louis XIV and Einstein to JFK and Houdini. From the story of the desperate man from seventeenth-century Amsterdam who grimly cut a stone out of his own bladder to Bob Marley's deadly toe, Under the Knife offers a wealth of fascinating and unforgettable insights into medicine and history via the operating room. What happens during an operation? How does the human body respond to being attacked by a knife, a bacterium, a cancer cell or a bullet? And, as medical advances continuously push the boundaries of what medicine can cure, what are the limits of surgery? With stories spanning the dark centuries of bloodletting and amputations without anaesthetic through today's sterile, high-tech operating rooms, Under the Knife is both a rich cultural history, and a modern anatomy class for us all.

The Lake of Dead Languages

A Novel

Author: Carol Goodman

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780345490919

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 9520

“A gothic and elegant page-turner.”—The Boston Globe Twenty years ago, Jane Hudson fled the Heart Lake School for Girls in the Adirondacks after a terrible tragedy. The week before her graduation, in that sheltered wonderland, three lives were taken, all victims of suicide. Only Jane was left to carry the burden of a mystery that has stayed hidden in the depths of Heart Lake for more than two decades. Now Jane has returned to the school as a Latin teacher, recently separated and hoping to make a fresh start with her young daughter. But ominous messages from the past dredge up forgotten memories. And young, troubled girls are beginning to die again–as piece by piece the shattering truth slowly floats to the surface. . . .

Rosa's Story

Author: Terry McManus

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785893750

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9410

Continuing on from Terry McManus’ debut novel, Under The Stars with Leo-pard, comes Rosa’s Story, the second in the trilogy. Set deep in the lush green jungles and forests of Belize, Rosa’s Story is a full colour children’s book that will appeal to children aged 4-8 years. Leo-pard, a well looked after, extremely pampered, but incredibly bored leopard, shared his story, but now it’s Rosa’s turn to shine, as she yearns for time out and freedom. But how does she manage it? With all the much-loved characters from the first book, including Rocky, the patriotic American cougar and Stripes, the beautiful Bengal tiger, Rosa’s Story is the next exciting instalment. This richly illustrated story introduces children to some of the colourful and interesting creatures that roam the lands of the Mayan people. Walk with Rosa, the strong, stunning, jaguar, through the home of her ancestors as the story unfolds and the magic continues. Inspired by J. K. Rowling, Rosa’s Story introduces children to themes of conservation, equality and the importance of friendship, all woven together with a touch of the extraordinary.

R.I.P. Off!

Or The British Way of Death

Author: Ken West

Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1783068825

Category: Humor

Page: 256

View: 8311

It’s the mysterious world of the funeral directors, as they try to kill off burial under trees and oppose DIY funerals. It’s a world of embalming, pink glitzy shrouds, crappy coffins, brawling at funerals and girl power. Nobody’s resting in peace.

The Stud Book

A Novel

Author: Monica Drake

Publisher: Hogarth Press

ISBN: 0307955524

Category: Fiction

Page: 318

View: 4415

Four Portland friends navigate the complexities of motherhood and friendship against the backdrop of the city.

Ill Will

A Novel

Author: Dan Chaon

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0345476050

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 3851

In 1983, Dustin Tillman's family-his parents and his aunt and uncle-were murdered in a shocking massacre. His foster brother, Rusty, was convicted of the crime, in a trial that was steeped in the oSatanic Culto paranoia of the 1980s. Thirty years later, Rusty's conviction is overturned, and suddenly Dustin, now a psychologist, must question whether his testimony that imprisoned his brother was accurate. When one of his patients, an ex-cop, gets him deeply involved in a series of unsolved murders, Dustin's happy suburban life starts to unravel, as his uncertainties about his past and prsent life begin to merge. Story Locale-Ohio in the 1980s and present day

The Land at the End of the World

A Novel

Author: António Lobo Antunes,Margaret Jull Costa

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393077764

Category: Fiction

Page: 222

View: 4229

A Portuguese medic, returning to Lisbon after a tour of duty in Angola, is haunted by the memories of war and feels completely detached from the ordered world of his privileged youth.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Author: Ken Kesey

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143129511

Category: FICTION

Page: 304

View: 3707

"Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a seminal novel of the 1960s. Here is the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants--a counterculture classic that inspired the 1975 film adaptation, widely considered one of the greatest movies ever made"--

Tango One

Author: Stephen Leather

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

ISBN: 1844568598

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

View: 5582

In different parts of London, three recruits prepare for their first day at the Metropolitan Police's training centre at Hendon. All three had succeeded in getting into the police in spite of weaknesses. But on their first day, the assistant commissioner announces that he wants them to join a team of undercover detectives. Their brief? To become criminals; to work their way up through whatever criminal organisations they can get access to, and to collate evidence against the criminals they come across. Their target? One of the world's biggest drug dealers, Den Donovan, alias 'Tango One' - number one on HM Customs and Excise's List of most wanted criminals. Three years later all the recruits are getting close to their target. Too close, perhaps, to remember the rules . . .

Medical Record

Author: George Frederick Shrady,Thomas Lathrop Stedman

Publisher: N.A


Category: Medicine

Page: N.A

View: 6776

The Illustrated Cook's Book of Ingredients

Author: DK

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780756676735

Category: Cooking

Page: 544

View: 4467

The ultimate 'show and tell' reference to ingredients from around the globe, The Cook's Book of Ingredients showcases fresh food and explains how to get the best out of it. Get expert information that tells you which varieties of ingredients are best, and how to buy, store, and eat them. Flavor Pairings give you a helping hand by listing complementary ingredients, and more than 250 Simple Classic key-ingredient recipes, such as Peach Melba and Pesto, complete the journey from field to plate. The Cook's Book of Ingredients stimulates readers to try new foods and more about their favorites. This is an invaluable reference for food lovers and cooks intent on making the most of all the ingredients available today.

Fragile Lives

A Heart Surgeon's Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

Author: Stephen Westaby

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780008196783


Page: 320

View: 1799

SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA BIOGRAPHY PRIZE THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.2 BESTSELLER WINNER OF THE BMA PRESIDENT'S AWARD 2017 An incredible memoir from one of the world's most eminent heart surgeons, recalling some of the most remarkable and poignant cases he's worked on. Grim Reaper sits on the heart surgeon's shoulder. A slip of the hand and life ebbs away. The balance between life and death is so delicate, and the heart surgeon walks that rope between the two. In the operating room there is no time for doubt. It is flesh, blood, rib-retractors and pumping the vital organ with your bare hand to squeeze the life back into it. An off-day can have dire consequences - this job has a steep learning curve, and the cost is measured in human life. Cardiac surgery is not for the faint of heart. Professor Stephen Westaby took chances and pushed the boundaries of heart surgery. He saved hundreds of lives over the course of a thirty-five year career and now, in his astounding memoir, Westaby details some of his most remarkable and poignant cases - such as the baby who had suffered multiple heart attacks by six months old, a woman who lived the nightmare of locked-in syndrome, and a man whose life was powered by a battery for eight years. A powerful, important and incredibly moving book, Fragile Lives offers an exceptional insight into the exhilarating and sometimes tragic world of heart surgery, and how it feels to hold someone's life in your hands.

For the Love of Money

A Memoir

Author: Sam Polk

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476786003

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5620

“Part coming-of-age story, part recovery memoir, and part exposé of a rotten, money-drenched Wall Street culture” (Salon), Sam Polk’s unflinching account chronicles his fight to overcome the ghosts of his past—and the radical new way he now defines success. At just thirty years old, Sam Polk was a senior trader for one of the biggest hedge funds on Wall Street, on the verge of making it to the very top. When he was offered an annual bonus of $3.75 million, he grew angry because it was not enough. It was then he knew he had lost himself in his obsessive pursuit of money. And he had come to loathe the culture—the shallowness, the sexism, the crude machismo—and Wall Street’s use of wealth as the sole measure of a person’s worth. He decided to walk away from it all. For Polk, becoming a Wall Street trader was the fulfillment of his dreams. But in reality it was just the culmination of a life of addictive and self-destructive behaviors, from overeating, to bulimia, to alcohol and drug abuse. His obsessive pursuit of money papered over years of insecurity and emotional abuse. Making money was just the latest attempt to fill the void left by his narcissistic and emotionally unavailable father. “Vivid, picaresque...riveting” (NewYorker.com), For the Love of Money brings you into the rarefied world of Wall Street trading floors, capturing the modern frustrations of young graduates drawn to Wall Street. Polk’s “raw, honest and intimate take on one man’s journey in and out of the business…really gives readers something to think about” (CNBC.com). It is “compellingly written...unflinchingly honest...about the inner journey Polk undertakes to redefine success” (Forbes).