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The Golden Minute

The Golden Minute

by Sophie Harrison
Hardback
Publication Date: 24/06/2021
RRP  $45.00 $42.25

'When I was twenty-eight I trained as a doctor. Initially everyone was interested. Amazing! people said, when I told them. What made you do that? I couldn't find a short answer. Sometimes I said, "I had a revelation on a beach." It was partly true'

The Cure for Good Intentions is about a life-changing decision. Sophie gave up her job as an editor at a prestigious literary magazine and put herself through medical school and hospital training before eventually becoming a GP. From peaceful office days spent writing tactful comments on manuscripts she entered a world that spoke an entirely different language. She was now inside scenes familiar from television and books - long corridors, busy wards, stern consultants, anxious patients - but what was her part in it all? Back in the community as a brand-new GP, the same question grew ever more pressing.

This is a book about how a doctor is made: it asks what a doctor does, and what a doctor is. What signifies a doctor: a caring-yet-brisk bedside manner? A mode of dress? A stethoscope? A firm way with a prescription pad? What is empathy, and what does it achieve? How do we deal with pain, our own and other people's? The Cure is an outsider's look at the inside of a profession that has never been so scrutinised, or so misunderstood.

ISBN:
9781408713006
9781408713006
Category:
Public health & preventive medicine
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
24-06-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
240x156mm
Weight:
0.3kg
Sophie Harrison

Sophie Harrison was born in 1974. After studying English Literature at university she wrote technical manuals and TV listings before becoming an editorial assistant and later an editor for Granta Magazine. In 2003 she began retraining as a doctor. She has written about books for the Sunday Times, New York Times, London Review of Books and Guardian. For several years she wrote a column about medicine for the Financial Times magazine. She is married with two children and works as a GP in Cambridge.

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