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Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon

Breaking and Mending

A junior doctor's stories of compassion and burnout

Joanna Cannon

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2 reviews

Imprint: Wellcome Collection
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Publication date: 26 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9781788160575

In a profession where weakness remains a taboo, this moving, beautifully written book brings to life the vivid, human stories of doctors and patients - and shows us why we need to take better care of those who care for us.

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
7 Jun 2019

"she powerfully articulates the need for better care for those we rely on to care for us"

"A few years ago I found myself in A&E. I was mentally and physically broken... but I knew I had to carry on. Because I wasn't the patient. I was the doctor." This first work of non-fiction by the author of The Trouble With Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie is a memoir of her time as a medic, in which she powerfully articulates the need for better care for those we rely on to care for us. Cannon includes case studies of some of the patients who provided her with what she calls her "Kodak moments".

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4 stars out of 5
9 Sep 2019

"she recalls her days on the wards in the most moving ways."

Before she became a novelist, Cannon worked as a doctor. Here, she recalls her days on the wards in the most moving ways.