Discover the profound and moving portrait of one doctor's life and work in the NHS
'Wonderful - insightful and compassionate' Dr Richard Shepherd, bestselling author of Unnatural Causes
They can't teach you how to be a doctor at medical school . . .
As a junior doctor, Dr Tom Templeton learnt how to do his job from books, professors and other doctors and nurses. But the most important lessons - tolerance, kindness, resilience and bravery - he learnt from his patients.
Here, he shares the stories of just 34, and how they changed his life while he was helping theirs.
From a stillbirth to the old woman who lived a century, from the inhabitants of stately homes to the homeless, these stories whether heartwarming or heartbreaking, funny or tragic, are always inspiring and illuminating.
We are all patients, but discover for the first time how the doctors see us . . .
'An admirably told story' Spectator
'Informative and personal, humbling and healing' Observer
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In a post-pandemic world, frontline staff and our mental health are two things we’ve come to value more than ever. GP Tom Templeton’s reflections and case notes on 34 different patients—stretching from a 103-year-old woman to a baby—are essential reading on both themes. Throughout, Templeman brings us illuminating insight into the work of doctors and a compelling call for better compassion and understanding when dealing with mental wellbeing The stories are by turns, heart-breaking, shocking and often funny but, most of all, it’s incredibly uplifting to read the portraits they paint of human resilience and the love that surrounds many of the patients.