Book review | Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors by Debraj Shome and Aparna Govil Bhasker
Authors: Debraj Shome and Aparna Govil Bhasker
Genre: Non-fiction, Anthology
No. of pages: 318
Published by: Bloomsbury India
Published on: 10th August 2019
My rating: ★★★★☆
Narrated by some of the most celebrated doctors from across the world, Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors weaves together inspirational and personal stories of medical excellence and brilliance, interjected with feelings of triumph, loss, fear, strength, valour and empathy.
Compiled by two surgeons in the field of medicine - Dear People, with Love and Care, Your Doctors is a beautiful and heart rending collection of anecdotes by doctors in and out of India. We all are very quick to judge doctors whenever their is a failure on their part but how often do we know what goes on inside these doctors' heads. The same doctors who have taken the Hippocratic Oath to serve fellow humans, are put into a killer's shoes.
The book aims to provide us readers with our doctors' point of view. What ii means for them to save their patients, the kind of bond they form with their patients and sometimes when unfortunately some of their patients die how hard it becomes for them to cope up with this hapless loss. The book also gives is a glimpse about these doctors' private life - how it's hampered but still our doctors go on taking care of us with a wide smile on their faces when they should be with their family.
There are 36 chapters in the book, all very unique experiences that the doctors faced. In some, the doctors were themselves the patient and they tell how how they felt to be on the other side of the clinician's table; in others the doctors tell us about some of their most frightening experiences as a doctor; and while others talk about how some patient treated them - while some treat them as Gods, others do everything to ruin our hard-working doctors' lives.
This simple yet insightful book will not only teach you about some of the procedures/terms used in medicine in a layman's terms but also teaches about empathy, diligence, and positivity throughout. There are also chapters written by people from non-medical background to tell us about their relationship with doctors and their views about the medical system.
I will definitely recommend this book. Delve into this book to widen your perspectives.
Dr Debraj Shome is a surgeon, specialising in facial plastic surgery and facial cosmetic surgery. He is the co-founder and director at The Esthetic Clinics, which has multiple centres across India. Known for his breakthrough innovations in facial plastic surgery, Dr Shome has received many awards. He has more than 55 research papers written in top peer-reviewed international publications along with a US patent to his credit for inventing the QR 678 hair growth formulation. He was the first recipient from Asia and the youngest globally to be awarded the prestigious Davies Foundation Grant Award by the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, in 2010. Besides clinical work, Dr Shome is the Director of the Debabrata Auro Foundation.
Dr Aparna Govil Bhasker is a bariatric and laparoscopic general surgeon and practises in the city of Mumbai. She is associated with Global, Currae, Namaha, Suchak and Apollo group of hospitals. She has multiple publications and numerous book chapters to her credit. She is the managing committee member of several surgical societies and has a keen interest in clinical research. She is the co-founder of Debabrata Auro Foundation.
I received a copy of the book in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.