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Critical

Science and Stories from the Brink of Human Life
Narrated by: Dr Matt Morgan
Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
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Summary

Following in the wake of hugely successful medical memoirs such as Do No Harm and Fragile Lives, Critical is an intelligent, compelling and profoundly insightful journey into the world of intensive care medicine and the lives of people who have forever been changed by it. 

Being critically ill means one or more of your vital organs have failed - this could be your lungs, your heart, your kidneys, your gut or even your brain. Starting with the first recognised case in which a little girl was saved by intensive care in 1952 in Copenhagen, Matt writes brilliantly about the fascinating history, practices and technology in this newest of all the major medical specialties. Matt guides us around the ICU by guiding us around the body and the different organs, and in this way, we learn not only the stories of many of the patients he’s treated over the years but also about the various functions different parts of the body. 

He draws on his time spent with real patients, on the brink of death, and explains how he and his colleagues fight against the odds to help them live. Happily many of his cases have happy endings, but Matt also writes movingly about those cases which will always remain with him - the cases where the mysteries of the body proved too hard to solve, or diagnoses came too late or made no difference to the outcome.

©2019 Dr Matt Morgan (P)2019 Simon & Schuster UK

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Thought provoking

makes you realise that death is better than living with the large amount of disability that treatment the ICU often lead to. And to treat these people who should have obviously died is really the inhumane thing to do.

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A Masterpiece

Dr Matt Morgan has produced a wonderful wonderful book. Listening to him tell me these stories has been very special. As he narrates these accounts his sincerity humanity and humility is obvious. Thank you Dr Matt, primarily for doing your job, with such skill and care but I also thank you for giving us a window Into the world of ICU. ICU can seem cold, clinical, jammed full of complex kit, I remember spending 2 weeks in one with my father. Your book reminds me of how I felt during that time. All the machines are really only props, albeit very important props. At heart of these places are people, the staff, the patients and their loved ones.

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story was ok but something's missing .

the narrator didn't make me feel engaged with this story at all. his voice was drab and monotone which made me switch off quite a bit. if the narrator could make the story come to life, then the book would have been enjoyable and I could empathise with the patients and doctor himself.

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Makes me proud to work in ITU

From a critical care nurse with over 20years experience I loved this book. Honest, sincere and easy to understand. Reflects so much of what we all feel. We are privileged to work in Critical care and be part of such amazing teams and touch peoples lives when they are most vulnerable.

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Don't bother

I have downloaded and listened to many Audible's similar to this, and while the others are full of enthusiasm and emotion, the narrator really has let this one down.

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Highly recommended

A great book to listen to, full on insight into how a ICU treats patients, full of high and lows, with great explanations of medical terms so listeners don't get lost.

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absolutely loved it!

very interesting and a great listen! 100% reccomend. Made me think about a career in intensive care medicine and the personal stories made it applicable to real life :)

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Good Book

Kept me listening. only took me a couple of sittings to finish it. well worth the listen.

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great overview of critical care medicine

enjoyed the authors narrative of life in critical care unit. birds eye view of the topic. not a deep insight into the journey into the profession but it gives a good insight into the day to day life. you are not allowed into the life of the author. worth a listen.

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Brilliant

Thank you for writing such an excellent summary of ITU medicine so wonderfully. I really enjoyed listening to every word. It was so familiar to me as the work I’ve been part of for the last 12 years.

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A brilliant read.

The book is a well balanced story. Blending knowledge, skills, history and close personal experiences. It is as gripping as a good crime novel, still thoughtfull about life and death.