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An Amazing Murmur of the Heart

Price: £12.99
An Amazing Murmur of the Heart is a searching look at the disappearance of the patient as a person from 21st century medicine.
Author(s): Cecil Helman

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.
ISBN: 978-1-78161-019-0
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.
Cecil Helman was a family practitioner in London while also developing a distinguished academic career and, latterly, finding success as the author of Suburban Shaman: tales from medicine’s frontline, which was read on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in 2006. For it he won the Royal College of General Practitioners' Abercrombie medal ‘for an outstanding contribution to the literature of general practice’ and the Book of the Year award from the Society of Medical Writers in 2007 . He sadly died of motor neurone disease in 2009.