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Also Human : The Inner Lives of Doctors - Caroline Elton

Also Human

The Inner Lives of Doctors

Paperback Published: 19th March 2018
ISBN: 9781785150913
Number Of Pages: 400

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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 lives break down?

Doctors are no different from everybody else, but their job is like no other. What does it take to confront death, disease, distress and suffering every day? To carry the 'awesome responsibility' of care? To make 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.

About the Author

Caroline Elton is an occupational psychologist who has spent the last twenty years training and supporting doctors. She received her PhD from University College London's School of Medicine and set up and led the Careers Unit supporting doctors in over seventy hospitals across London.

Industry Reviews

"Necessary reading for both doctors and patients." - Hilary Mantel

"Fascinating and troubling. Read it and weep." - Susie Orbach

"Crucial and timely." - Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal

"Haunting, beautiful, and urgent." - Johann Hari

"At the heart of this book is the problem of how emotional resilience can be identified in prospective doctors and strengthened in practising doctors. We are fallible human beings, not omniscient gods." - Henry Marsh, Sunday Times

"This furious dispatch from the front line of the hospital system argues we must care for our medics more... a book that may have found its popular moment." - Helen Rumbelow, The Times

"Caroline Elton is an occupational psychologist who has worked with medics for more than 20 years. She is uniquely qualified to comment... I'd be surprised if anyone who reads it will ever look at doctors in the same light again." - Decca Aitkenhead, Guardian

Introduction: Medicine in the Mirror

1. Wednesday's Child
2. Finding the Middle
3. Which Doctor
4. Brief Encounter
5. Role Reversal
6. Leaky Pipes
7. Risky Business
8. No Exit
9. Natural Selection

Epilogue: There's No Such Thing as a Doctor
Brief Glossary of UK Medical Terms
Training Chart

ISBN: 9781785150913
ISBN-10: 178515091X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 19th March 2018
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 13.3  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.43

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