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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Quartet Books (29 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0704373750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0704373754
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.1 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Is medicine a job, or a vocation? Does healing sometimes 'run in the family'? What happens when doctors fall sick? How does the intimacy of the doctor-patient bond survive, when medicine becomes the state's business? Doctors speak in their own words in this fascinating book, and the result is a provocative insight into bodies and souls' --Hilary Mantel

'This is a book that tells the story of the much-changed role of the GP, and the dismay of the doctors themselves, who no longer are able to provide continuity of care and do what they believe necessary for the well-being of their patients. But it is more than that; it delves into the themes that touch us all intimately in life - birth, illness, despair, death - and reveals the vulnerability of the doctors who have to deal daily with these dramas. More, it does so with such a narrative force and authenticity that it is impossible not to get drawn into these stories. This isn't a book that simply informs, it is a book that compels and - as it mirrors our deepest fears - touches us at the core' --Nigella Lawson

'As the NHS totters along the public is increasingly interested in doctors' training and philosophy. What makes them tick? How were they trained? How do they think? Do they have the time to think? The authors combine their disciplines of medicine and psychotherapy to dissect medical lives and minds with the dedication of a pathologist performing an autopsy' --Dr Thomas Stuttaford

'This wonderfully readable and unusual book is not conventional in its approach, which is partly what makes it sympathetic. It is personal, conversational, unpredictable ... It is fitting that a book that deplores a loss of personal connection between doctors and patients should make time to explore intimacy between its covers. And although this book is not as crude as a rallying cry, it leaves one wanting to be part of a crusade to win doctors more time to be everything they want – and need – to be' --Observer

'It is gritty and raw, and has no glossy coating or ER-style makeover glamorising either the status, or the intellect of medics ... Doctors Dissected is much more than the average medical memoir. It is a profound and intimate examination of the life of a doctor' --Telegraph

'It gives the reader the impression of doctors being "examined" on the psychotherapist's couch and provides an unusual and unexpected view from the other side. Riveting and thought-provoking' --The Pulse

'This is a deeply human, searching book, whose interviews roam far and wide in response to the life story of each doctor ... excellent ... Doctors Dissected provides valuable and startling insights into how doctors think' --Sunday Times

'Doctors Dissected, by the psychotherapist Jane Haynes and GP Martin Scurr, should come with a health warning: read this book and you may never feel the same way about your doctor again ... But most perturbing of all is the anxiety many of these doctors have about their own medical conditions and the very procedures they would urge on us. "I would be terrified of having an anaesthetic. I'd hate it," says - yes - an aspiring anaesthetist. Another had to undergo an operation and threw a fit when she realised the anaesthetist was going to be someone who had trained with her not very long ago. The consultant had to step in instead. Is one doctor Haynes talks to a hypochondriac? 'Oh, I am too frightened to go to the doctor,' comes the reply, 'but I believe in my symptoms 100%.' --Guardian

About the Author

Martin Scurr FRCP, FRCGP was educated at Stonyhurst College and Westminster Medical School. He commenced private practice in the centre of London, was the opening Medical Director of St John's Hospice at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth, subsequently appointed as Physician to Westminster Cathedral taking responsibility for the care of many senior Catholic Clergy - leading to a lifetime commitment to the care of those leading religious lives, of whatever denomination. Following appointment as Chairman of the Independent Doctors Forum in 2003, he was appointed as medical columnist for the Daily Mail. Jane Haynes originally trained as a Jungian psychoanalyst but then 'defected' and now refers to herself as a relational psychotherapist who works primarily through 'Dialogue'. She has a private practice with her daughter Tanya in Marylebone. She is a consultant to the Eastern European Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies in St Petersburg. In 2008 her book Who is it that can tell me who I am? was shortlisted for the PEN J.R. Ackerley literary autobiography prize.

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