Blood and Guts
As I walked into the operating theatre, the sight that met my eyes made me catch my breath. The patient was lying face down on the operating table. The only part of him that was not covered in sterile, green drapes was his bottom. The surgeon had made a circular cut about the size of a dinner plate and the area inside the cut was a mass of warts and red, nodular lumps. And so begins Gloria Burley's compelling view of our hospital system. A nurse with experience in urban and Outback hospitals, Gloria tells it as she saw it: the dedication of medical professionals doing their best for their patients but also the limitations of people who are after all only human. Her story will ring true anywhere the pressures are high and the resources scarce. We all end up in hospital sooner or later, and myths about what we can expect abound, which accounts for the popularity of medical TV shows. Reading this book will show you what really happens after the anaesthetist turns up the gas...
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