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on 22 February 2009
Another of my impulse buys, well sort of, read a review in the paper and thought 'must read'. Like Atul Gawande's books, if you have the slightest interest in surgery then read this. It is different to his books though as the reader gets inside the mind more of this surgeon. Admittedly the book is 'faction' rather than true non-fiction but perhaps it was a double bluff and everything is really true with the names changed to protect the innocent!
Gabriel Weston certainly displays both ends of the compassion scale, seemingly none (and chastises herself for it) and then eventually immense which leads her to 'have a good word with herself' - which she does................
The style of writing is excellent and very readable. I've been in theatre hundreds of times (with work, no I am not medically trained at all) and her writing took me straight back in there. I particularly liked the politics that she described, again I have witnessed that a lot in my 22 years in the medical devices field.
I also liked her professional frailty - fancying patients - showing a human side that some consultants are unable to display, but perhaps the job creates that.
Extremely good book my only criticisms are that it was not about orthopaedics and the proof reading got a bit lazy in the last quarter.