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The Other Side

The Other Side [Kindle Edition]

Kate Granger
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that doctors make the worst patients. This is my story as a patient through a doctor’s eyes with the hope that healthcare professionals will read it, in particular young doctors and medical students, and understand exactly what being a patient is really like and how their behaviours, no matter how small can impact massively on their patients. It is also a story of my own personal battles with control and learning how and when to relinquish it.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book 20 Mar 2012
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This is an incredible book. It does exactly what the author says it does - gives us a glimpse into the world of what it is like to be a doctor who is suddenly a patient. For all those involved in caring for patients, it's immensely valuable to realise what it's like for patients who hear our words and experience the care that's provided.
It's also very well written - I couldn't stop reading it and finished the book within a couple of hours. It's very, very sad in places - but also funny in places and I put it down feeling a huge amount of respect for the author - Kate must be a remarkable person, and, without sounding too corny, it is inspirational.
For those who aren't medical, I still think it would be well worth reading - and there is a glossary to help with the jargon!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and uncompromisingly honest 21 Mar 2012
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This has been written by a doctor for other doctors. There is a glossary at the back but without the 'lingo' you might find it a little tricky to understand what's going on. It is the story of Kate's battle with a rare form of cancer and also her battle to retain a sense of control over what happens to her. It is very well written indeed and the style is uncompromisingly honest. It is a very moving story.

Kate has been very brave in telling this story. It is quite a tough read. As a fellow medic, I am afraid I recognise things I have done in the actions of some of the medical staff Kate encounters. The standards she expects are quite rightly high and are not infrequently disappointed. We often excuse these things in our own working lives as a consequence of workload, shift patterns or unreasonable expectations on the part of patients. Of course we will never be perfect and providing really good care and communication to all our patients is an almost impossible task. What really came across to me was how much of a difference getting it right makes and the harm you can cause getting it wrong. This book will change attitudes in everyone who reads it. I am sure it will improve me as a doctor and a human being. So thank you Kate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By KBee
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I read this book as I was very lucky to be cared for in hospital by this lovely Doctor ....Kate has written this ...from her heart and shared this sad ...scary...journey with us to help others .Being both a patient and a member of nursingstaff myself I feel it is a must read for a all medical/nursing staff ....we all need to know what it is like to be "On the other side " how it feels to be scared ...feel lonely ...go through test after test ....procedure after procedure...If we are lucky enough to not experience this ourselves then I highly recommend this book ...however even if we have I still recommend it as Kate has been brave enough to share her story and take the time to do so ...even when her time here is limited.
It can hopefully help nursing /medical staff to become better as our vocation ....give that "extra little bit " that can make such a difference to to a patient .
"The other side" is written with such honesty .....very frank the point but also is a sensitive way ...which I feel shows us so much about the author ....Her personality .....The glossary of medical terms at the back I think is very useful .
All in all an excellent read .
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 21 Mar 2012
By Me!
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This book is very moving, giving a glimpse into life of the doctor whose life is turned upside down by a diagnosis of a rare and aggressive form of cancer. I heartily commend it to others.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking 30 July 2012
By Rose CT
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This is such a sad book. A young doctor in the prime of life has her life turned upside down when she is diagnosed with cancer. Kate Granger writes about her diagnosis and treatment in hospital in technical terms, but she notes early on that her aim in writing the book is not to merely tell her story - she wants to other doctors and medical workers to find out how it feels to be on the 'other side', the receiving end of treatment. Kate has done a wonderful thing in putting down the worst weeks and months of her life on paper for others to read and learn from. Well done!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sad but true 9 Dec 2012
By eileen
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it is a sad but true story and what a strong lady to return to work and consider helping others when she is terminally ill.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational read 26 July 2012
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This book is an inspirational read. Truly brilliantly written by a doctor who has been on both sides of the hospital bed. The aim of this book was to inspire and challenge the thinking of doctors in the way that they treat and communicate with patients.
The book is written by a courageous, inspiring, hardworking and loyal doctor and the book has already touched the hearts of many and raised a considerable amount of money for charity.

Looking forward to the sequel....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read 15 Jun 2014
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As both a doctor and occasional patient, I found that I could not put this book down and read both of her books in a single afternoon.

She stated once that she did not feel that she was the best of writers, which is the only time I found myself disagreeing with her. Both of these books are very well written and I found myself completely engrossed in the story, sharing her victories, fears and difficulties as though they were happening to a very close friend or even family member.

I downloaded the book after seeing it recommended as essential reading before becoming a med reg. And I do have to agree. If you want to be a doctor, nurse or any healthcare professional, you need to have this read before you meet your first patient. And then probably several more times as you learn more and more so as you can continued to be reminded that the patient comes first and exactly what this means.

My medical school was fairly good at conveying the patient experience. I feel as if I was helped even more by my own experience with hospitals but this book did more in that afternoon than my five years in med school ever could have hoped.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into both sides
A great insight into both sides. An inspirational, honest account of what people have to go through on a daily basis. Just finished 'The Bright Side'.
Published 10 days ago by Ann Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars insightful, eye opening and heart felt
Excellently written book highlighting how it is to be treated for cancer, especially good coming from a doctors view point who has now seen both sides
Published 18 days ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars A very moving 'must read' for health professionals and others, thank...
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Published 2 months ago by robdaviesmold
5.0 out of 5 stars A Moving Story
A very moving and realistic story. It is well written with a great deal of medical terminology but well explained.
Published 2 months ago by B Hattersley
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read.
Inspirational reading. Great insight from patients view hopefully all hospital staff will learn from this and become more human and remember 'hello my name is'
I will... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Jennifer Anne Garlick
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravery
This account of a young doctors terminal illness is harrowing yet very brave .
I have experienced chemotherapy and reading about Dr Granger reactions and emotions to her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Kate, what a total inspiration you are. You are so dedicated to your work and I'm sure give so much support to anyone in the same position as yourself
Published 4 months ago by Mandy Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
As a nurse I was very interested to read a medic's view of living with cancer. lessons for us all, this is a valuable resource for nurses not only to improve the care they give but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for medical students
This book is an open window on what it means to be a patient, the writing style is simple and therefore suitable to a wide audience. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Annalisa Manca
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I hope all Doctors read this at some point in their careers. Well done Dr Granger for an inspirational read. Good luck xx
Published 5 months ago by Deb T
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