Breaking and Mending: A doctor’s story of burnout and recovery
An intimate, urgent account of doctor burnout and life as a psychiatrist from bestselling author Joanna Cannon
"A few years ago, I found myself in A&E.
I had never felt so ill. I was mentally and physically broken. So fractured, I hadn't eaten properly or slept well, or even changed my expression for months. I sat in a cubicle, behind paper-thin curtains, listening to the rest of the/>I/>
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By reading the paperback Breaking and Mending I found out the pressure that Joanna went through being a junior doctor. One thing that will stay with me about Joanna Cannon is how kind and caring she was when a patient died.
If you buy this book do please make sure you have a box of tissues ready.
I'm going to pass my book to my daughter who works in a doctors surge ...more
Joanna Cannon is a consummate storyteller, having had two best selling novels under her belt – and her gift for writing is amply demonstrated in this profoundly moving memoir of her training as a doctor and early medical career.
She was chosen by the Medical School admissions professor as a ‘wild card’ candidate to study medicine – a mature student without the usual privile ...more
I’ve read so many doctors’ memoirs now, and this one doesn’t really cut the ...more
This book is definitely not a fluffy, rose-tinted look at junior doctors. This is a memoir filled with gritty tales and insightful s ...more
Joanna Cannon has put her heart and soul into this book and I couldn't help be moved by that. I know its a good book when I have to get the tabs out.
There was nothing political or jarring just a gentle reminder to be kinder to people, and to try to understand what oth ...more
I think most people know her story; she wrote her first novel during her breaks when she was working as a psychiatrist in a busy NHS hospital. That book was The Trouble with Goats and Sheep; one of my favourite books of recent years. Her second novel; Three Things About Elsie was another huge succ ...more
Why would anyone wish to become a doctor? It is a question most potential students applying to medical school will be asked. Perhaps they wish to save lives, to make a difference. Perhaps they come from a family of medics and it has always been expected of them.
It costs around a quarter of a million pounds to train a doctor in the UK, a significant proportion of which must now be borne by the student, often in the for ...more
This is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read in a long time. Dr Cannon lays herself as bare as the cadaver that accompanied her thr ...more
Out on 26th September 2019.
This is a relatively short book only 176 pages long- but it is packed with so much detail.
Joanne gives us an in depth, intimate, raw, real, straight to the point yet shows compassion about her life as a mature medical student and junior doctor.
👩🏻⚕ It is a very thought provoking book and the reality of the lives as a junior doctor in an A&E environment.
👩🏻⚕ I really d ...more
A lovely deeply moving book to read. It restores my faith in people. Brought an extra copy to give to my brother and his wife who are a psychiatrist and a gp. Thought it might resonate with them. Having a diagnosis of schizophrenia myself it was lovely to see a doctor who do clearly loved her job and the people she worked with. Most struck by the description of sitting in the death of someone, resonated so much with my recent experience of my partner's father. Thank you
It was an emotional and also enlightening read and I really enjoyed reading Jo's story into becoming a Dr. I was rooting for her the whole time and I'm so glad she found her place in the medical profession.
The detail of each case was so detailed I felt every emotion the author did and it really pulled at the heart strings.
It’s amazing the Will power and determination that junior doctors have and are willing to do to care for the nhs.
I do agree mental health needs more supports and funding.
Definitely recommend this book.
Joanna Cannon is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling debut novel The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, which has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK alone and has been published in 15 countries. The novel was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize, shortlisted for The Bookseller Industry Awards 2017 and won t ...more