Catch Your Breath: The Secret Life of a Sleepless Anaesthetist
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Full of humour, raw honesty and emotional chapters, this is a book that will stay with me and will recommend to everyone. The first part is very light-hearted, and to be honest, he doesn't always inspire confidence as he recounts his experiences. A respectful first hand account of training and being a doctor especially during the pandemic of COVID.
He is cutting his teeth in anaesthetics, taking people as close to death as you can take them, and then trying to wake them up again. Patrick's story, told with sincerity and a touch of humor, makes this book engaging and enlightening. Catch your breath is a poignant and also incredibly funny Medical Memoir about Ed’s career thus far as a Doctor, how he got into Anaesthesia and also his part at the forefront of the Covid-19 pandemic.That he is a comedian as well as an Anaesthetist shines through in his writing, he brings a lightness of touch to his narrative and as a result Catch Your Breath feels like a perversely gentle read despite some of the subject matter!
Would it be boring, too technical, dark and creepy (some people may not even wake up from the deep sleep).Description NHS anaesthetist, comedian and author Ed Patrick injects the Edinburgh Fringe with a gut-punch show about becoming a junior doctor, the NHS, the pitfalls of modern medicine and the power of questioning it. In any case, if you are considering a medical career and dream about a smooth balance between work and personal life, you rather apply for a position in the medical services by the city hall.
As we are living through covid , it was also a good insight to see how our fantastic NHS were prepared to go that extra mile even at the expense of their own mental and physical health to get so many people , desperately ill with this disease through their darkest days. Of course, this book isn’t solely based around the pandemic, though the chapters that are show us the harsh realities of life on the frontline. There is some humour in the second half - however Covid deaths are too raw and sad for them to be anything but. I found Ed's early days as a newly qualified Dr fascinating and it was lovely to see how his confidence grew ( as well as those around him did !To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. takes you on a captivating journey through the life of an Anesthetist, shedding light on a role often overlooked in the medical world. True stories from the Police, prisons, armed forces, the legal system, but especially those about the medical profession, so I knew Catch Your Breath would be right up my alley. Ed has written and performed on BBC Radio 4, for shows "Now Wash Your Hands" and "Newsjack", and he has also written for the Guardian about the intersection between medicine and comedy.