Seven Signs of Life: Stories from an Intensive Care Doctor by Aoife Abbey (Super Mini Review)

Seven Signs of Life: Stories from an Intensive Care Doctor by Aoife Abbey

Seven Signs Of LifeFormat: Paperback

Source: Library Book

Publisher: Vintage

Genres: Non-Fiction, Medical memoir

Publication Date: 7th February 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

Grief. 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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My Thoughts & Review

Recently I’ve been really enjoying reading Medical memoirs, so when I saw The Seven Signs of Life at the library I knew I had to pick it up.

The Seven Signs of Life is such a short book, with just over 270 pages, and technically it shouldn’t have taken me long to finish book, but unfortunately I struggled with this one. There were some very interesting things in the book. But generally, I found it to be a bit of a slow and heavy read. At times I thought it was a little depressing.

Although this book didn’t work for me, I still think the work the doctors and nurses do in the NHS is wonderful and they are never credited or appreciated enough for all the hard work they do.

My Rating


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