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Seven Signs of Life by Aoife Abbey

Seven Signs of Life by Aoife Abbey
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'Heartfelt, honest, illuminating and wise - a wonderful book that I would urge everyone to read' Julia Samuel, author of GRIEF WORKSGrief. Anger. Joy.

Fear. Distraction. Disgust.

Hope. All emotions we expect to encounter over our lifetime. But what if this was every day? And what if your ability to manage them was the difference between life and death? For a doctor in Intensive Care this is part of the job.

Fear in the eyes of a terminally ill patient who pleads with you to not let them die. Grief when you make a potentially fatal mistake. Disgust at caring for a convicted rapist.

But there are also moments of joy, like the rare bright spots of lucidity for a dementia patient, or when the ward unexpectedly breaks into song. Dr Aoife Abbey shows us what a doctor sees of humanity as it comes through the revolving door of the hospital and takes us beyond a purely medical perspective. Told through seven emotions, Seven Signs of Life is about what it means to be alive and how it feels to care for a living.

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