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Also Human

Written by: Caroline Elton
Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Also Human by Caroline Elton, read by Rachel Bavidge.

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 working lives break down? 

What does it take to confront death, disease, distress and suffering every day? To work in a health care system that is stretched to breaking point? To carry the responsibility of making 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 20 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.

©2018 Caroline Elton (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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"Crucial and timely." (Atul Gawande)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-03

book for the puplic

the book emphasized the problems with health care and the medical profession in general, which we already aware off. i think the book would be more suited for the puplic, rather than to help medical doctors.

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  • DJE
  • 2019-04-08

Madatory Reading

This is a necessary book for premedical and medical students as well as trainees, practicing physicians and academic teachers in medical school. It is well-researched and indexed. Also Human is an extraordinary book.

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  • FYFM
  • 2019-03-28

Thank you!

Unique perspective of a clinical psychologist who helps doctors in the UK. As a physician in the U.S., I found the firsthand accounts of the struggles of medical training are spot on. I recommend that every medical trainee read this book to help them weigh their own strengths, weakness, and motivations for pursuing medicine. This book can also expose people to the institutional, cultural, and psychogical forces that make this profession so difficult. The author ends the book on a hopeful but challenging note.