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The Other Side [Kindle Edition]

Kate Granger
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 124 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007MMF3NS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,734 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book 20 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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12 of 14 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A sad tale with salutary lessons 29 Sept. 2013
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In summer 2011 Kate Granger was a doctor with a highflying career, a loving husband and a caring family. What started as a few aches and pains during a holiday to the US quickly became a diagnosis of a rare form of cancer with a zero life expectancy within 5 years. This book charts Kate's first year as a patient and her eventual decision to suspend chemotherapy treatment as the side-effects were making what little time she had left unbearable.

This is not a smaltzy book, it is not a 'misery memoir' or a 'poor me' sympathy book. Kate isn't like that, she is brutally honest and quite unflinching in descriptions of the treatment she receives, both medically and personally. The book was originally written to help medical professionals realise how their communication with patients could be improved and therefore is heavy on technical jargon - a glossary at the back helps laypeople understand this.

What comes across is how Kate has applied her experience of working in geriatric medicine to her own situation. She says that patients need to be treated with dignity and not be patronised, kept in the dark or viewed as lumps of meat. Her final premise seems to be that quality of life is more important than prolonging life by unpleasant medical interventions, again a view of geriatric medicine.

Some reviewers have been negative about this book - can they say they have been in this situation?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By KBee
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read 15 Jun. 2014
By Mark
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good read.
Published 29 days ago by Dr. J. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all health care professionals to read if they really value...
A full and frank account of this exceptionally brave young woman's illness and her feelings about being the patient and not the doctor . Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Sprigge
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A very good read
Published 2 months ago by Robin Giles
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What a lovely person Dr Granger is. Life is cruel sometimes
Published 2 months ago by Frances
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I am in awe of Kate Granger, such powerful messages
Published 6 months ago by Lesley Horsburgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the NHS needs to see patients as people
Essential reading for health professionals
Published 6 months ago by Dr Janet King
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Certainly puts life into perspective
Published 7 months ago by Margaret Best
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful situation, but such a good book
I always wondered if it would be better to just go home and die quietly (or with much screaming) following a cancer diagnosis. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has taught me a great deal about the patient's perspective...
This book is a must-read for all medical professionals. This book has taught me a great deal about the patient's perspective in hospital medicine. Read more
Published 8 months ago by medic1
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A must for any Health Care Professional. Even if you think your care is of a high standard what you offer is not necessarily received as you would think depending on what the... Read more
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