Seven Signs of Life: Unforgettable Stories from an Intensive Care Doctor

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Seven Signs of Life: Unforgettable Stories from an Intensive Care Doctor

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For Readers of When Breath Becomes Air and Attending: Medicine, Mindfulness, and Humanity, an Intensive Care Doctor Reveals How Everyday Emotions Are Taken to Extremes in the ICU—with a New Afterword Relating to the COVID Pandemic.

Dr. Aoife Abbey takes us beyond the medical perspective to see the humanity at work inside our hospitals through the eyes of doctors and nurses as they witness and experience the full spectrum of human emotion with every shift. It is their responsibility to mitigate the grief of a family in mourning, calm a patient about to die, and confront their own fear of failure when lives are on the line. Whether they're providing hospice care, tending to victims of car accidents or violent attacks, determining the correct treatment for someone displaying signs of a heart-attack or stroke, and managing staff, stress is a doctor's number one companion. Cycling through the whirlwind of emotion that accompanies every case isn’t only exhausting—it can be fatal. 
Told using seven key emotions—fear, grief, joy, distraction, anger, disgust, and hope—Seven Signs of Life opens the door, and heart, of the hectic life inside a hospital to reveal what it means to be alive and how it feels to care for others.

This paperback edition has a new afterword by the author, reflecting on her work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Aoife Abbey grew up in Dublin, Ireland. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, before graduating in 2011 from medical school at Warwick University. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and council member at The Intensive Care Society UK. From September 2016, Aoife wrote a blog under the guise of the British Medical Association’s "The Secret Doctor." This is her first book.

ISBN: 9781951627485

ISBN-10: 9781951627485

Publisher: Arcade

Publication Date: 10/04/2022 - 12:00am

On Sale: 10/04/2022 - 12:00am

Pages: 312

Language: English


Medical / Physician & Patient

Biography & Autobiography / Medical (incl. Patients)

Health & Fitness

Medical / Hospital Administration & Care

Medical / Caregiving

Medical / Education & Training