On the bookshelf: July 2017

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Drawn to true stories of challenge and triumph, especially if they are set in a medical milieu? Care about improving the health care system? Love good writing that makes you stop and think about your own life? In this series, I'll share some of my favourite and most thought-provoking books on health, healing, and the system around it all. If you are lucky enough to have a local independent bookseller, please consider sourcing these books directly.

 This book is called funny, sad, entertaining and insightful—full of vulnerable human moments and joyful camaraderie. The stories are based on 20 years of the author’s life as a nurse, showcasing what she’s learned from both her patients and her colleagues.

This book is called funny, sad, entertaining and insightful—full of vulnerable human moments and joyful camaraderie. The stories are based on 20 years of the author’s life as a nurse, showcasing what she’s learned from both her patients and her colleagues.

 Robert Martensen Martensen, who is both an MD and historian of medicine, demonstrates how we and our loved ones can maintain dignity and resilience in the face of serious and critical illnesses. He raises timely questions about choices we will all have to make.

Robert Martensen
Martensen, who is both an MD and historian of medicine, demonstrates how we and our loved ones can maintain dignity and resilience in the face of serious and critical illnesses. He raises timely questions about choices we will all have to make.

 From an alcoholic doctor to a woman who lost loved ones to accidents and drug addiction, these compelling stories remind us that loss, injustice and setbacks need not diminish us, but can ultimately shore us up.

From an alcoholic doctor to a woman who lost loved ones to accidents and drug addiction, these compelling stories remind us that loss, injustice and setbacks need not diminish us, but can ultimately shore us up.

 A collection of true stories that are examples of various types of errors, the impact on all the people affected, and the efforts made to find out what went wrong so that future needless suffering will be avoided in the future.

A collection of true stories that are examples of various types of errors, the impact on all the people affected, and the efforts made to find out what went wrong so that future needless suffering will be avoided in the future.