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Breaking and Mending : A junior doctor’s stories of compassion, burnout

Cannon, Joanna
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd (Wellcome Collection)
Published: July 2, 2020
ISBN: 9781788160582
176 pages

£8.99

‘One of the most beautiful books you will ever read’ Kate MosseIn this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells her story as a junior doctor in visceral, heart-rending snapshots. We walk with her through the wards, facing extraordinary and daunting moments: from attending her first post-mortem, sitting with a patient through their final moments, to learning the power of a well- or badly chosen word. These moments, and the small sustaining acts of kindness and connection that punctuate hospital life, teach her that emotional care and mental health can be just as critical as restoring a heartbeat. In a profession where weakness remains a taboo, this moving, beautifully written book brings to life the vivid, human stories of doctors and patients – and shows us why we need to take better care of those who care for us.

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