Breaking and Mending: A junior doctor’s stories of compassion and burnout
by Joanna Cannon
✅ Editor: Profile Books Ltd
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Laying bare the emotional and physical toll of the medical profession in the most forthright and blunt terms imaginable, Joanna Cannon is the poignant memoir of life as a medical assistant is a shocking and disturbing read. Balancing the compassion and commitment of those who work in the NHS with the huge overtime and disillusionment that has become their reality, the Break and Repair urgent, powerful and lightweight. A couple of years ago, I found myself in A&E.; I had never felt so bad. I was mentally and physically broken. So fractured, and I had not eaten well or slept well, or even changed the expression on my for months. I am sitting in a cubicle, behind paper-thin curtains and I shook with the effort not to cry. I was an inch away from defeat… but I knew I had to do. Because I’m not the patient. I was the doctor. In this powerful memoir, Joanna Cannon tells his story as a medical assistant visceral, heartbreaking snapshots. Walk with her through the wards, in front of an extraordinary and daunting moments: from attending his first post-mortem, sitting with a patient through their last moments of life, to learn the power of a good or bad word choices. These moments, and the small, sustained acts of kindness and connection that mark the life of the hospital, teach her that emotional care and mental can be just as critical as the restoration of a heartbeat. In a profession where weakness remains a taboo, this moving, well-written book brings to life the living, stories of doctors and patients – and shows us why we need to take care of those who take care of us.
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