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Catch Your Breath: The Secret Life of a Sleepless Anaesthetist

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Nevertheless, I have deep, deep appreciation for all health care workers during the pandemic; he does give some sense of how frustrating it has been, but if you know or follow any hcws, this won't be new to you, though.

takes you on a captivating journey through the life of an Anesthetist, shedding light on a role often overlooked in the medical world.Funny , honest , at times brutal , but always a great insight to the running of the NHS and how the staff have to deal with whatever is put in front of them. I found I didn’t want to put it down, even when I felt the remembrance of the early days of the Covid Pandemic coming back, because his warmth and humour made it easier to deal with. A quietly funny and self-deprecating read covering some of the many stories from a newly qualified doctor, beginning in his medical student days through to the more recent Covid-19 era. The author clearly enjoys the often comedic value of his work - I know from personal experience you cannot survive the NHS ward life without a dark sense of humour. A great insight to the workings within a hospital and despite some of the bad days, it reminds me that we still need to keep ourselves going with a bit of humour.

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. Written in short snippets of cases, experiences, and daily life this book was super easy to read and would be a great book to dip in and out of if you're short on time. is a compelling exploration of the often-overlooked world of Anesthetists, offering readers a deeper understanding of their vital role in healthcare. In the hospital, life moves very quickly and patients can shift from seemingly healthy to disastrous is mere hours. A easy to read walk through his entry to and motivation to become an anaesthetist, followed by immersion into what it has been like handling ICU covid patients.But it’s not just sleep-giving for this anaesthetist, as he navigates emergencies, patients not breathing for themselves and living with a terrifying sense of responsibility. 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 ! It’s very evident in his jokes and character descriptions, but could have been stronger in other places.

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