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Dying For A Chat : Penguin Special - Dr Ranjana Srivastava

Dying For A Chat

Penguin Special

Paperback

Published: 24th April 2013
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$9.99

We put much store in freedom of choice, but when it comes to our own medical diagnosis and treatment, are we equipped to make the best decisions? And are healthcare professionals properly prepared to guide us? Alarmingly, oncologist and award-winning writer Ranjana Srivastava says they're not, and people are suffering - even dying - as a result. The internet encourages people to self-diagnose and browse for expensive and often unnecessary specialist attention, while healthcare workers feel bound to provide whatever service a patient requests, even if they know it to be risky, of dubious value, or a delay of the inevitable. And as doctors increasingly specialise, they offer patients only a small part of the puzzle of their health, crucially lacking an overall picture. Srivastava contends that the best medicine should begin with a good chat. But our doctors are often ill-equipped for the task. In her frank and clear-eyed assessment of an unacknowledged crisis, she makes an impassioned case for healthcare training to incorporate effective communication skills alongside advanced medicine.

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    Comments about Dying for a Chat:

    Brilliant. Good for all mature readers and a must for medical professionals. Wonderful to understand about 'hearing' people in a care situation. Good general read for anybody. I would recommend this to everybody to read.

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      This is a great book. I am a nurse and have recommended this to many hospital staff.

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          This book points out the need for discussion between patients, carers and the medical profession. It is not a book for entertainment for for information and action.

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          Simple things in life cost nothing!

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            Comments about Dying for a Chat:

            All the medical intervention in the world does not compare to the response from a dying patient when someone takes the time to chat with them and ask what they really want. It costs nothing!
            The writer clearly highlights this.

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            ISBN: 9780143569640
            ISBN-10: 0143569643
            Series: Penguin Specials
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 96
            Published: 24th April 2013
            Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 18.2 x 11.4  x 0.7
            Weight (kg): 0.08
            Edition Number: 1