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It is no surprise, therefore, that Dr Kathleen Thompson brings just the same skills to From Both Ends Of The Stethoscope – Getting through breast cancer – by a doctor who knows.
This guide should be read by anyone with cancer, or given to anyone we know with the disease. Not only that, it should be read by relatives who are suddenly thrust into a unexpected supportive role, which leaves them as confused and upset as the patient.
In the guide, Dr Kathleen Thompson has the courage to use her personal experiences of breast cancer to explore the situation. She acknowledges not only her reluctance to face up to the symptoms, but her initial fear and confusion as she adjusted to this change in her fortunes.
As a medical insider, she reflects and applies her understanding of the medical procedures brought to bear to counteract the progress of the disease. She suggests the questions patients could, or perhaps should ask. She explains the possible treatments, (remember, that knowledge is power).
This is the key to the guide, it seemed to me: it is important for the patient to take control of the situation, and for the relatives to support this stance. To control a situation you need education because education leads to knowledge, which leads to power. Here I must acknowledge the fantastic Andy McNabb, who made this suggestion in a talk he gave. I thought it profound, and use it often.
Indeed, everyone should keep it as a mantra.I loved, particularly, the chapter on how patients manipulate the staff to achieve, or not, the results they require – read it, learn, and laugh.Read more ›
Some tough issues are addressed, such as how can you possibly hope to understand what is going on? Ms Thompson, a former paedetrician and medical researcher, was often herself stunned into incomprehension of what was being said to her.
How do you insist on the treatment you want and need, how do you get a second opinion? If communication is a big part of the challenge of overcoming illness, how do we begin to communicate accurately, over all the technicality and the panic, to get to the best possible decision?
Thompson presents a controversial and poignant description of her fight to get the surgery procedure she wanted for herself, after originally being rejected for her preferred operation by the well-tailored consultant “Miss Gomez”. Throughout the book there is a good balance of crunchy breast cancer-related medical advice and human detail from her case history.
The book raises many questions moving forward. After reading the book, I wondered if it might be possible to record medical consultations so patients could go over again what had been said. Thompson herself says that in Britain patients are notoriously submissive about questioning medical advice; perhaps at least summaries of what is being said, akin to the summaries she offers at the end of each chapter, could get the ball rolling, assuming of course the lawyers can be kept at bay.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some books are uncomfortable to read but that doesn't mean that they are not worth the effort and this book definitely falls into that category. Read morePublished 4 months ago by DARREN "Big Nose" WALKER
This book does what it says on the tin ; it looks at breast cancer from both sides, as a doctor and as a patient. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lovetoread
I do not normally read books about illness or self help books. I'm very glad I did though. Informative on more than one level. How to cope and help yourself. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angela Johnson
This book is well written by a woman who knows how it feels as a patient not just as a Doctor. Some good advicePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
My own experiences over the past two years started to make sense at last. It's an excellent book. Thank you.Published 9 months ago by Nana M
This is a brilliant book. It doesn't patronise or indulge the cancer sufferer. With wit and experience as both doctor and patient, Dr Thompson lets you know what to expect, what to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Penny Deacon
I was not looking forward to reading this and skipped bits here and there at first. The style is easy and honest and each chapter is divide into fact and experience (written in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Frufrub
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is intimate, educational, emotional and riveting, all at the same time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amanda
I have to admit that I thought From Both Ends of the Stethoscope would be good. I also knew that it would educate me, but what I didn’t realise was that Dr Kathleen Thompson would... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Fireandfire.
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