Breaking & 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
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"This disapproval of emotional reaction exists in everyday life too. Certain corners of society maintain a ...more
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 ...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 privileged educational ...more
I’ve read so many doctors’ memoirs now, and this one doesn’t really cut the mustard: ...more
This book is definitely not a fluffy, rose-tinted look at junior doctors. This is a memoir filled withgritty tales and insightful ...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 others are ...more
Joanna Cannon was a 'wildcard' into her medical education, a mature student much older than those around her, having taken her time to decide what she wanted to do with her life. This is the account ...more
Cannon decided to become a doctor when she was in her 30's. Medical training in the UK is quite different from the US. The education begins after secondary school in the UK, while in US, students must have a 4 year degree, usually in pre-med studies such as biology or ...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 success.
This is one of my top reads of 2019.
There are many moments that resonate in the book, many many Kodak instances, as the author describes them, snapshots that stick in your memory.
It's hard to read it and not come away with a profound reaction to the experiences of junior doctors and the almost unimaginable rigours of life in the NHS.
Also, I don't think I'll ever forget the scene where the author is trapped in a corridor with an aggressive, disturbed patient, ...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 form of debt. ...more
When an elderly professor took a chance on his ‘wild card’’ Joanne Cannon entered medical school. In her memoir we follow along as she confronts her first post mortem, witnessing those final moments of life. She discovers that in the enormity of saving lives it is the spaces in between, the words we use and the small acts of kindness that have power to mend.
Yet, the faith we ...more
I too was much more of your 'cardigan doctor' yet my emotional experience was vastly different. Leaving the stories, even the most memorable and sad ones at the hospital was easy for me. I've held them in my ...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 through medical ...more
I spend a lot of time at hospitals due to my Colitis but Joanna Cannon made me feel like I was a junior doctor experiencing the highs and lows of hospital life along with her. I broke down along with the author and I fell for patients and their families. I ...more
I have a sense the author is unpretentious. Her perpetual kindness, wanting to connect with patients at a deeper level beyond the barrier which should not be crossed as a doctor.
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 did feel sorry for her and others as ...more
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 ...more