How to Treat People

How to Treat People : A Nurse at Work

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'Outstanding' Melanie Reid, The Times

'Beguiling' Alice O'Keeffe, Guardian

The hand of a stranger offered in solace. A flower placed on a dead body as a mark of respect. A gentle word in response to fear and anger. It is these moments of empathy, in the extremis of human experience, which define us as people.

Nobody knows this better than a nurse and Molly Case has witnessed countless such moments. In How to Treat People, she documents these extraordinary points, when two people truly connect. In rich, lyrical prose, she introduces us to patients with whom we share the pain, but also the experience of illness when life is at its most vivid. And when her father is admitted to the high dependency unit on which she works, Molly confronts care in a whole new way, when two worlds - the professional and the personal - suddenly collide.

Weaving together medical history, art, memoir and science, How to Treat People beautifully illustrates the intricacies of the human condition and the oscillating rhythms of life and death. Most of all, it is a heart-stopping reminder that we can all find meaning in being part, even for a moment, of the lives of others.


'Beautifully written' Sunday Times

'Fascinating' Jo Brandt

'Beautifully written' Stephen Westaby

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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 138 x 204 x 25mm | 338g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0241347378
  • 9780241347379
  • 5,284

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How to Treat People gets to the heart of who we are - how we live and also how we die. I was moved twice over - by the work Molly does as a nurse every day, and by the book she has written -- Nina Stibbe Intense, powerful, moving and very enlightening on what it means to be a nurse. I loved its endless curiosity about the language of medicine and the practice of care. It seemed infused with a love and respect for the profession itself -- Gerard Woodward Molly Case reminds us that humanity and moments of true care are as healing as the medicine modern science can deliver -- Julia Samuel, author of 'Grief Works' A profound reflection on the way we live and die * Bookseller * Beautifully written and passionate tales from the nurse you would choose for yourself -- Stephen Westaby, author of 'Fragile Lives' The tandem stories of Case as nurse and daughter exert the pull of a novel through pages threaded with philosophy and history, ethics and etymology * Sunday Telegraph * The moments of empathy and kindness in extreme, tragic situations form the focal point of Case's book, which weaves together science and storytelling * Red Magazine * Gut-wrenching and visceral . . . Case's empathy and compassion are everywhere evident in this beautifully written narrative * Sunday Times * What differentiates How to Treat People from other cracking doctor and nurse memoirs already out there is Case's youth and her outstanding use of language. Her charm is her generation's charm: open, loving, bold, inquisitive, caring. May she inspire her contemporaries to join her in a vital job -- Melanie Reid * The Times *
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About Molly Case

Molly Case is a spoken word artist, writer and nurse born and brought up in south London. She received a First-class degree in Creative Writing and English Literature from Bath Spa University and during this time spent two years as a care worker looking after people with dementia. Upon leaving Bath, Molly decided to pursue a career in nursing and is currently working at St George's Hospital, London as a cardiac nurse specialist. In April 2013 she achieved national recognition after performing her poem 'Nursing the Nation' at the Royal College of Nursing. The performance has now been viewed over 400,000 times. Her debut collection of poetry, Underneath the Roses Where I Remembered Everything was published in 2015. Molly has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, Elle magazine and Huffington Post, and was named in the Health Service Journal's Inspirational Women list and the BBC's 100 Women list.
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