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Health and Medicine

Health the headlining issue of 2020; there has never been more attention on medics as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Their struggles to strike a balance between their own health and to serve others has never been more apparent. In this month’s Fully Booked, the focus is on Britain’s NHS. Enjoy!


This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay 


Adam Kay, a former practitioner notes down his junior doctor days in hastily scribbled diaries. Notes of dark humor and scathing sarcasm, alongside the outrageous stories of patients (all codenamed of course) make this a very enjoyable read. WIthout spoiling too much of the book, it takes a sudden turn from the more jovial tone at the end. Perfect if you’re in desperate need of a laugh amidst the pandemic!

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh


Another memoir, this book focuses a little more on the political aspects of the NHS. “Do no harm” is a medic’s motto for life; Dr Henry Marsh provides a clear analysis on the uncertainties and failings, highlighting the hidden bad results of the system. As he had studied politics, philosophy and economics before delving into medicine, this book provides an interesting marriage of two spectrums. If you’re seeking a more informative read, this is the book for you.


Dear Life by Rachel Clarke 


Both authors mentioned above have praised this book as a poignant, heartfelt book that explores death and dignity. The darkest corner of medicine is the fact that we are helpless against the pull of time. This is a beautifully crafted read that delves into the importance of human connection, and the mindset one carries when faced with death.

Written by Jocelyn Tsang

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