In An Amazing Murmur of the Heart Cecil Helman – GP, medical anthropologist and acclaimed writer – looks back on a life-time of encounters with patients to ask ‘Where has the patient gone?’ and answers that patients ‘are still here, waiting for their doctors to notice them again, to shift their attention away from all their magic machines and high tech tests, and to listen to their stories again. And hidden away in those stories, to hear the faint, almost inaudible, murmuring of their hearts.’
Whether you are on the receiving or the delivery end of health care, Cecil Helman’s humane and penetrating account will open your eyes to what happens when patient and doctor meet, and how that interaction might transcend the current focus on single symptoms and test results.
Readers involved in the delivery or the receiving of health care.
Publisher: Hammersmith Books
Publication: 31 May 2014
Content: An amazing murmur of the heart/The magic machine/The dubbuk of Eddie Barnett/Stories like the wind/Masks of skin/Waiting for godette/Healing and caring/The psyche and the soma/Double deaths/The apotheosis of the brain/Heartsink/Wounded healers.