Critical: Science and Stories from the Brink of Human Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Following in the wake of hugely successful medical memoirs such as Do No Harm and Fragile Lives, Critical is an intelligent, compelling and profoundly insightful journey into the world of intensive care medicine and the lives of people who have forever been changed by it.
Being critically ill means one or more of your vital organs have failed - this could be your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, your gut or even your brain. Starting with the first recognised case in which a little girl was saved by intensive care in 1952 in Copenhagen, Matt writes brilliantly about the fascinating history, practices and technology in this newest of all the major medical specialties. Matt guides us around the ICU by guiding us around the body and the different organs, and in this way, we learn not only the stories of many of the patients he’s treated over the years but also about the various functions different parts of the body.
He draws on his time spent with real patients, on the brink of death, and explains how he and his colleagues fight against the odds to help them live. Happily many of his cases have happy endings, but Matt also writes movingly about those cases which will always remain with him - the cases where the mysteries of the body proved too hard to solve, or diagnoses came too late or made no difference to the outcome.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 41 minutes|
|Author||Dr Matt Morgan|
|Narrator||Dr Matt Morgan|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||30 May 2019|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 13,536 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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It is well-structured with chapters relating to all the main organs and structures, for instance, a chapter on the immune system-infections, pneumonia, sepsis, the lungs, the heart, the brain etc. There are a great variety of cases, for example, Polio-I've not read about that in medical memoirs before, he tells what an iron lung does/how it works etc. Not written in a brief, garbled, over-technical fashion-indeed it was so easy to read and so interesting.
Right from the first chapter, I could already see this would be absolutely fascinating. I love this type of book, and I certainly loved this.
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My first observation is that at times I felt a little patronised. One example would be the section considering CPR and the implied assumption that the reader would not already know how to do this.
I also picked up some minor errors that I found a little irritating. For example, at one point Dr. Morgan explains that he now “hardly ever uses a stethoscope” yet later goes on to state that “tomorrow I will examine all of my patients with my hands and my stethoscope”. Elsewhere he discusses how one doctor’s landmark discovery in 1854 was followed in 1854 by his introduction of the use of anaesthesia during the delivery of Prince Leopold in 1854. To the best of my understanding Prince Leopold was born in the spring of 1853.
Although patient case histories were interesting, I would have liked more. I felt that consideration of the science was predominant. Generally I found Dr Morgan’s medical accounts to lack the depth and ‘grittiness’ I enjoyed in books such as ‘This is going to hurt’ by Adam Kay. Whilst I fully appreciate the author’s commitment to upholding his respect for his patients and colleagues, in my opinion the book felt ‘oversanitised’.
I note that my review does not correlate with the majority of those that precede it (and am aware that many of my observations may appear ‘nit picky’ but are fully intended to be constructive). I do note that a number of them have been written by people who have been sent advance review copies.
His dedication of knowledge and expertise allocated to his fellow beings is an ideal of what being human is in this world.
His reminisces of events through his career re generated in me the awe and appreciation of our human makeup.
I am reminded to enjoy each and every deep breath to sensibly fuel these cells and awake each day with a smile.
Thank you Matt
I think this book would be a great read for any students considering becoming a Doctor - many books I have read previously often portray a very pessimistic view of the medical profession. This book does not sugarcoat the negatives of being a Doctor but it highlights the big highs associated with the career, which books from authors like Rachel Clarke and Adam Kay often miss. Even for those just curious about critical care, each condition is explained in simple terms so is accessible to everyone.