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In Two Voices

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For a decade, Linda Clarke and Dr. Michael Cusimano had offices across from one another at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. She worked in Clinical Ethics and he was a staff neurosurgeon. They knew one another to say hello, to nod as they passed one another on the stairs, to wish each other a Merry Christmas. Michael's patients sat in the chairs along that shared hallway, ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published May 16th 2019 by Pottersfield Press
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Maria Meindl
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think it’s safe to say we’re all happy that anesthetic has been invented, but it does mean that some of the most pivotal and dramatic moments in our lives are lost to memory.

“Our stories are our skin,” writes Linda E. Clarke the architect of this groundbreaking volume, and one of its co-authors. An operation —whether fully asleep or just sedated — creates a gap in that skin, for better or for worse. In Two Voices repairs that gap, weaving together the narratives of both doctor and patient, wh
Paul Preston
There are some relationships that are deep and profound. What can be more profound than individual placing trust in a surgeon, whose task has no margin of error. Because of the obscure nature of her condition, Ms. Clarke was wary of the medical profession. Some had labelled her as a malingerer; would this one label her as such, as well. The surgeon had to gain her trust. One of her most important lines is the book is “what I know about suffering and medicine: that a compassionate response can ea ...more
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This unique book tells the story of Clarke’s brain surgery from her point of view and the surgeon’s point of view. Clarke tells of the long journey to diagnosis as well as a lengthy stay in ICU. She describes encounters both helpful and not helpful with health care professionals. Cusimano describes prepping for the surgery, the surgical procedure and the options that were considered along the way. He also describes some of his feelings before, during and after the surgery. As Clarke and Cusimano ...more
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